Startwrite lets you focus on your child’s needs and interests instead of dots and dots and more dots.

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On a Sunday afternoon, Dave Sharp wanted to help his four-year old daughter, Emily, practice her handwriting. She would bring home worksheets from school with dotted letters for her to trace. Some of the worksheets looked like they had been copied a hundred times. So Dave decided to create a few of his own practice sheets with dotted letters that would be more personalized for Emily.

After trying to create a couple of words, Dave found that making dotted letters by hand was tedious, time-consuming and not very fun. He thought there must be some software available that would print dotted letters so educators and parents could create handwriting worksheets. After looking for a while, Dave was unable to find any. Then came the idea for Startwrite Handwriting Software. When he asked several friends who were teachers what they thought of the idea, they didn’t just say it was a good idea or that it would be nice to have, they were ecstatic about it. They wanted to buy it from him right then and there, but it was still just an idea. So Dave designed the features and the layout of Startwrite and created the dotted fonts. However, his partner, Wayne Wylie, is the brains behind Startwrite. Wayne’s tireless programming efforts have made Dave’s dream a reality.

Today, Startwrite, the Handwriting Worksheet Wizard will help teachers, homeschoolers, and parents create handwriting lessons quickly and easily. Startwrite saves hours in lesson preparation time, yet allows you to easily create fun, meaningful worksheet to teach handwriting. Startwrite lets you focus on your child’s needs and interests instead of dots and dots and more dots. We are excited to make Startwrite available to everyone who wants to teach handwriting to their child or student and save time doing it.

  • Start Dot: The Start Dot shows your student where to begin each letter. Use the Start Dot in combination with other features to create all kinds of exciting worksheets.
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  • Letter Outline: Get the youngest ones started by tracing lines within the outline of each letter.
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  • Decision Dots: These dots indicate critical points in a letter, where each stroke begins, ends, bends, curves, zigs or zags. So children can practice what comes next.
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  • Color Letters: Designate each stroke with a color or shade of gray, indicating which comes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Teach your kids technique with a fun, colorful exercise.
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  • Dotted Shapes: Place these objects on the same line as the word, so students can trace geometric shapes and learn to write their names: square, circle, triangle.
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  • Spanish Fonts: Now Spanish speakers can practice in their own language, and other kids can learn special characters like ñ and é.

GET CREATIVE!

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Spice up your worksheets. Robust design tools make editing easier, and put you in control of color, size and graphic elements, from borders to clip art.

  • Grid: Grid view helps you to align Text and Art Boxes on the screen, but doesn’t show up in the printed version.
  • Flowing Text: Lets content flow from one Text Box to another.
  • Border Art: Put fun, bright borders around the box, or add a picture associated with the letter or word the child is practicing.
  • Area Highlight: Now you can highlight any or all of the three writing areas–bottom, middle, and top–in any color or shade of gray.
  • Color everywhere: You can also change the color of almost any element on the page. Green arrows? Red guidelines? Make your worksheets sparkle!
  • Choose Handwriting Fonts including Manuscript (similar to Zaner-Bloser™), Manuscript-Simple (similar to Zaner-Bloser™, Simplified), Modern Manuscript (similar to D’Nealian™) and Italic (similar to Getty-Dubay™ or Portland Italic), PLMR (Similar to Palmer™), HWOT Similar to Handwriting Without Tears™), VIC (Victoria – Australia), QLD (Queensland – Australia), NSW (New South Wales – Australia), Clocks Font, Money Font, Math Font 1 and Math Font 2.
  • Use Cursive Fonts that correspond to the above-mentioned educational fonts, for the advanced student.
  • Expand Font Sizes anywhere from 1/4″ to as big as the page.
  • Choose Shading of Fonts from Dark to Light for all levels of learners.
  • Choose From Four Guide Line Options: Top, Middle, Bottom and Descender. Change any line to solid or dashed and colors to red, black or blue.
  • Type dotted, dashed, or solid letters.
  • Stroke Arrows for proper letter formation.
  • Clip Art Included or import your own JPG or BMP clip art to make pages fun…
  • Print Worksheets on Plain Paper from your own printer–no hassle and no expensive special paper needed.
  • Print in Landscape or Portrait for your convenience and creativity.
  • Custom Lessons are included (or can be downloaded free from Homepage) for quick and easy lesson preparation time.
  • Use Startwrite’s other Standard Word Processing Functions like cut, copy, paste, new, open, save, print, zoom, etc. for extra ease in preparation.
  • Utilize 100,000-Word Spell Checker for accurate worksheet preparation.
  • Save Lessons for future use to create your own curriculum in minutes, and save time and effort when repeating lessons.
  • Use Spanish and Math Fonts* for even more learning potential.
  • Create a Variety of Pages like phonics pages, spelling pages, a letter to a friend, scrapbook pages, etc. for more practice and fun while learning handwriting.
  • And much more.


Cricut’s Design Space

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**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

If you read last week’s post, you now know why Cricut’s Explore One™ and Explore Air™ machines are so incredible – and a must-have for any crafter.

But what bridges the gap between the creative ideas in your head and the Cricut machine is the Cricut Design Space™.

Cricut’s Design Space™ is software for PC, Mac®, iPhone® and iPad® that you get for free with your Cricut machine of choice.

Instead of trying to figure out how to make your project, Design Space gives you the ability to focus on what you want to make. Your Cricut machine takes it from there and brings it to life.

With Design Space, you can start designing from scratch on your computer, iPhone® or iPad®, or you can use a pre-designed, Make It Now™ project. These ready-to-make projects are created by professional artists and include everything from home décor to fashion to paper crafting, and even a variety of FREE projects.

If you want to use one of Cricut’s 50K+ images, you can try them out in the Design Space to see which will look best in your project before you commit to purchasing it.

Uploading Images

When you’re ready to start designing, you can either use one of Cricut’s 50K+ images or easily upload your own using the “Upload Images” tool in Design Space. You can upload and cut .svg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, and .dxf files absolutely FREE. You can even use fonts already installed on your computer.

Cut What You Want® tool

The Design Space’s Cut What You Want® tool makes it easy to convert your design into a cuttable image in just a few clicks!

The Cricut Design Space™ app for iPad® and iPhone®

Cricut’s easy-to-use app for the iPad® and iPhone® makes it possible for you can design anytime and anywhere inspiration strikes you.

It also allows you to access all the project’s that you’ve personally designed, whether on your iOs device or your PC or Mac, and gives you access to all the Make-it-Now projects.

With this app, you can start a project while at the beach, enhance it at the ice-cream shop, add some embellishments while cozying up on your couch, and then cut it on the Cricut Explore in your craft room. Plus, it’s cloud-based, so your projects are always synced across all your devices.

P.S. Cricut is working on an Android™ app right now, so don’t feel left out if you don’t have an iPad or iPhone.

In a nutshell, Cricut Design Space™ gives you the creative freedom to design just about anything! Make party invitations, decorations, and favors. Create seasonal home décor or personalize wedding gifts. Add embellishments to your favorite photo memories.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! That’s why next week’s post (the last on in this series) will focus on some really fun and interesting projects that people have created using their Cricut machine and the Cricut Design Space.

Stay tuned!

This week’s EBT Deals at CVS for 6/28/15-7/4/15

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**NEW Printable Coupon Page is Now available!

Don’t forget to get your rewards cards! CVS and Rite Aid have separate reward cards. With Rite Aid you can load ecoupons via the website. CVS has a red box in each store that you can get bonus coupons for free or percentage off.

My tip would be to purchase the food items with your food stamp card so that you can get your rewards then do another transactions so you can use the rewards from your first transaction to maximize your savings.

If you are wondering where you can purchase coupons that have already been in the newspapers or buy a whole inserts to save even more. I recommend these Wholesale Inserts and Coupons Things By Dede

I also recommend using apps like SavingStar, Ibotta, Snap By Groupon, Checkout 51. You use your reward cards to load coupons on and earn cash in return!

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Win a brand new Microsoft – Surface 3 – 10.8″ – Intel Atom – 64GB.

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Win a brand new Microsoft – Surface 3 – 10.8″ – Intel Atom – 64GB.

 

Microsoft – Surface 3 – 10.8″ – Intel Atom – 64GB

$499.99

With the integrated Kickstand, the ability to run desktop software and touch apps, and a full-size USB port, Surface 3 is a perfect mix of innovation and practicality. As thin and light as it is, you’ll be amazed at all you can achieve with this device.

 

Product Features

10.8″ ClearType Full HD Plus Display – Makes navigation simple and presents media in rich detail.

Windows 8.1 – Allows you to stay connected and productive.

64GB storage capacity – Offers room for pictures, videos, music and more.

Quad-core processor – Intel® Atom™ processor with 1.6GHz processor speed, up to 2.4GHz Burst speed and 2GB RAM for efficient performance.

Wi-Fi – Allows you to connect to the Web while within range of an available wireless network.

Bluetooth interface – Lets you wirelessly link with compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices.

8.0MP rear-facing and 3.5MP front-facing cameras – Enable you to capture important moments to share with your loved ones.

USB 3.0 port – Makes it easy to connect peripheral devices.

Integrated kickstand – Allows you to prop up the tablet for a clear view of displayed content.

Magnesium body – Creates a lightweight, yet durable, design.

 

GUIDELINES/DISCLAIMER/RULES

“NO PURCHASE NECESSARY” 18+ US only! Contest starts 04/23/2015 and Ends 07/22/2015 11.59pm EASTERN. Entry options: Join Bing Rewards. Prize: Microsoft – Surface 3 – 10.8″ – Intel Atom – 64GB. “The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.” Winners have 7 days to claim their prize. If potential Prize winner forfeits or does not claim the prize, prize will be re-awarded, at the advertisers sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded.

 


WonderVeg Spiralizer

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WonderVeg Spiralizer

I got this at a discount to review. This is so much nicer then I thought it would be. I love it. It stores the blades in it . I was able to easily clean it in the dishwasher. It made great sliced taters. I was able to make chips with it. I have so many plans for this. I also love it is a crank so your hand isn’t in the way. It doesn’t slip around on the counter. I was able to let my 6 year old help . He loved cranking it. It really made dinner more fun for the kids. We just love this and can’t wait to use it more.

  • 4.9 OUT OF 5 STAR RATING: Happy Customers agree that this is the BEST VALUE OF ALL! The FIRST ever Tri-Blade Spiralizer that comes with a cleaning brush! WonderVeg Spiral Slicer + EFFICIENT Cleaning Brush + Mini RECIPE Book to help you get started, included in the Beautiful Quality Manual + A Stylish PREMIUM Packaging Design, perfect for a GIFT.
  • START LOSING WEIGHT & GET HEALTHY TODAY! FREE MINI RECIPE BOOK: Our delicious recipes will inspire you to start a healthy lifestyle or Low-carb/ Gluten-free/ Raw / Paleo diet. FREE CLEANING BRUSH: ONLY with our Wonder VegSLICER, you will easily remove the tiniest pieces of veggies and avoid the sharp blades with this handy brush. Plus, the spiralizer is DISHWASHER SAFE.
  • SUPER FAST and 100% SAFE: So EASY to operate! It will give you healthy zucchini noodles, veggie spaghetti and ribbons within SECONDS! Unlike the handheld slicers where you do all the work, the WonderVeg Spiral Slicer requires NO Strong Hands. It is 100% SAFE, your hands never get anywhere near the sharp surfaces. This TRI-Blade Spiralizer is super EASY, fast & fun to use.
  • HIGH QUALITY STRONG and RELIABLE MATERIAL: This amazing vegetable spiralizer is made from strong, high-quality BPA-free ABS plastic, from the latest generation of strong REINFORCED plastics providing long-lasting service. STAINLESS PLASTIC: No stains, not even after using beetroot. THREE HIGH QUALITY JAPANESE STAINLESS BLADES: We recommend you to try all the blades and create 1. Noodles/ Spaghetti, 2. Julienne Thick Spirals and 3. Ribbons (potato chips). Strong and resistant, you can switch the blades easily. You can even store them in the storing built-in compartment.
  • YOUR KIDS will FINALLY EAT and LOVE Veggies! Our customers’ feedback: “Its a miracle worker! My girlfriend’s kids now eat all their veggies and even ask for more.” / “This spiral slicer gets my kids to eat their veggies! Love it! It’s so FUN to use!” / “My kids have no idea that the “pasta” we made for dinner is actually a vegetable. What a fantastic way to sneak in healthy foods and cut down on heavy carbs.” / “It makes eating veggies for the kids FUN”.


Kites for Kids – Best Large Delta Kite with Tail

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Kites for Kids – Best Large Delta Kite with Tail

  • SUMMER IS HERE! Give your kids or yourself the gift of happiness and fun by enjoying a great time at the beach or at the park flying this beautiful rainbow kite. Your kids will always remember the great times they spent with you and what a great way to make memories with them by taking them out to the beach or to the park to appreciate nature flying this beautiful kite.
  • VERY EASY TO SET UP & FLY: One of the best things about The Wind Leverager is that is very easy to assemble and a very easy flyer as well. Plus unlike others, this kite stays up for a long time with minimal effort just choose a good windy place and in no time you will be enjoying seeing your kite in the sky & your Kids will love it. Flies great in winds of 5-20 mph.
  • GREAT QUALITY MATERIALS FOR AN AMAZING KITE FLYING EXPERIENCE: Unlike others, this kite is made of strong nylon which helps the kite fly beautifully in the slightest breeze.The frame is made of strong resin rod which is stronger than fiberglass and also the most durable material for kite frames. It allows the kite to bend and crash, but not break.
  • INCLUDES 2 AMAZING BONUSES: Once you buy your new Wind Leverager you will receive as a gift 2 Really cool and useful bonuses. You will receive a beautiful kite bag with handle so that you can carry your kite wherever you go, and a nice kite handle with a long and strong line string so that you can have everything you need to have a fantastic kite flying experience.
  • 100% LIFETIME MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: You really have nothing to lose here, we are very confident that you will be very happy with your new kite that we offer you a lifetime warranty. If for some reason you are not happy with your new kite just contact us here on Amazon.com and we will send you every single penny of your purchase no questions asked. GIVE IT A TRY, its very easy just CLICK THE ADD TO CART BUTTON and get ready to have an amazing kite flying experience. EXCLUSIVELY ON AMAZON.


ECALOO Kitchen Tool Stainless Steel Food Grater with Collecting Groove

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ECALOO Kitchen Tool Stainless Steel Food Grater with Collecting Groove for Garlic,Ginger,Fruits,and Root Vegetables

I was sent this to review. This is a handy tool. I was able to zest, fine grade veges and fruit . I my dishes had more taste. You would of thought you where at a restaurant. It just bumped up my home cook skills.

  • Made of polished stainless steel ,durable and exquisite.
  • Small teeth design, convenient to use.
  • Has a groove for gathering up the gratings and collecting the juice
  • Easy to clean,dishwasher Safe
  • Weigh:85g/2.5ons; Size:14cmx7cmx1cm.


Radha Frankincense Essential Oil – Big 4 oz

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Radha Frankincense Essential Oil – Big 4 oz

I got this at a discount for review.promotes healthy cell regeneration and keeps existing cells and tissues healthy. regulates estrogen production in women and reduces the risk of post-menopause tumor or cyst formation in the uterus (uterine cancer). It also regulates the menstrual cycle .The effects and benefits of frankincense oil can be acquired by applying it topically, inhaling

  • PREMIUM FRANKINCENSE OIL – 100% Pure & Natural Frankincense Essential Oil Therapeutic Grade- The best Frankincense Oil on the market produced through steam distillation of fresh leaves. This versatile UNIQUE oil can be used in your beauty routine, home remedies, aromatherapy and much more! 4-ounce bottle!
  • PREMIUM QUALITY Boswellia OIL – Studies have demonstrated that Radha Frankincense Oil has immune enhancing abilities, which may help destroy dangerous bacteria & viruses. Great for home remedies for cough & indigestion and for pain-related conditions that effect the muscles, joints, and tendons. This incredible oil is extremely versatile, making it a must have around the house.
  • WORKS OR YOUR MONEY BACK – Our Guarantee: We back our products up with a LIFETIME hassle-free money back guarantee, no matter where you buy our product. There is absolutely no risk to you when you order now! If you are not completely satisfied, simply contact us and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked (you do not even have to return the bottle). Our #1 priority is to make sure our customers are completely happy.
  • CLEAN YOUR HOUSE THE NATURAL WAY- Frankincense oil is an antiseptic and disinfectant that can be used in place of harsh chemical household cleaners. The benefits of cleaning with this marvelous oil may help to eliminate cold and flu germs from the home and the body naturally. So throw away those harsh chemicals today and replace them with this exquisite, refined essential oil and clean your home the natural way that is good for the Earth and good for you.
  • REGENERATE YOUR SKIN- Radha Frankincense oil contains powerful anti-aging properties that will replenish and rejuvenate the skin. This lux oil can help you to eliminate sun spots, remove micro-wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks, and generally tone and tighten skin all over your body, while simultaneously replacing old or dying cells with new, healthy ones! Buy now and incorporate this powerhouse product in your beauty regimen!