Review: Bacon Pro to cook bacon in the Microwave!

Bacon Pro- cook bacon in microwave!

Does your family like bacon? Mine does! We love it for Sunday morning breakfast and BLT sandwiches in the summer with our home-grown tomatoes. But, I really dislike cooking it. My husband almost always does the bacon cooking around here. So, when Kelly wrote to offer us a Bacon Pro to do a review of, I jumped at the chance!

The Bacon Pro is a microwavable bacon cooker.  It’s all in one piece and is made of BPA and Melamine-free plastic. It’s so cool!

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You won’t have to baby-sit it while the bacon cooks, which is one of the things I most dislike about cooking bacon on the stove-top. The other thing is getting oil pops and burns. That won’t happen when it’s cooking in the microwave!

There is a handy cook-time calculator on the Bacon Pro website. You put in your microwave wattage, thickness of bacon, and number of slices you’re cooking.  You should get it perfect (nice & crisp) the first try.   

I had a little trouble with it simply because I couldn’t find out exactly what wattage my microwave is. (It was already installed when we moved into the house. I searched online but couldn’t get a definite answer.) But we got pretty close, and then I just added 1 more minute a couple of times.

Place the bacon around the Bacon Pro. I fit 15 slices around the outside. You can also place them around the center, so it can cook 20 pieces at once.

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Place paper towels over the bacon.

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When the bacon finishes cooking, it’s curved over. But you can just use tongs and lay it flat on a plate while it’s still hot if you don’t like curved bacon. 🙂 It turned out really good! The only thing I noticed is that maybe it’s a bit less salty and greasy since the paper towels soak some of it up and it’s not cooking in the grease. But, this would be a benefit for some people!

Clean up wasn’t hard. I immediately wiped out the microwave since some grease popped around in there. The Bacon Pro itself is dishwasher safe. Woo-hoo! I just poured the grease out into a pickle jar (what we always do with bacon grease). It has a slit and handy pour spout in order to do that. Then, I washed it on the bottom rack.

The Bacon Pro would be an awesome gift to get someone this Christmas!


(Disclosure: I received a complimentary Bacon Pro and monetary compensation for writing this completely honest review. Affiliate links are used in this post.)

Review: Mona MELisa Designs “Human Body” Peel, Play, and Learn Sticker Set


Mona Melisa Designs Human Body

We have found another totally awesome addition to our homeschool! Today I have a review of Mona MELisa Designs “Human Body” Peel, Play, and Learn Sticker Set from Educents. It came rolled on a large sheet which can easily be stored rolled back up or stored flat.

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There are over 50 stickers, including 5 “bodies,” 5 System labels (Circulatory, Muscular, Nervous, Skeletal, and Digestive), organs, bones, and other labels including some blank ones!

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My boys, ages 5 and 9, were enthralled. I found a copy of the final “answers” on the Mona MELisa website and printed that out for the boys to know where to put the different stickers to build the body systems.

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These stickers are amazing. They remind me of a cross between painter’s tape and cloth. They won’t mess up anything you stick them to! My boys put them on our painted wall, and it worked perfectly. They also won’t tear since they are made of fabric.

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When finished, you simply place them back on the white paper they came on.

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I thought of 3 fun ways to use the Mona MELisa Designs “Human Body” Peel, Play, and Learn Sticker Set:

  1. When you are studying each human system, have the kids “build” it with the stickers each day to remember where the parts are.
  2. Play a quiz game with it. Have the kids take turns drawing cards that you make that have the different parts on them and then placing the stickers on the correct body.
  3. Have a race. See how fast the student can put all five body systems together correctly–by memory!

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Are you studying the Human Body with your kids? Here are three more products from Educents that will help you in your studies!

  1. Human Body Detectives: A Heart Pumping Adventure Activity Workbook and Audio CD
  2. Human Body Bundle from CCP Interactive
  3. Magic School Bus Presents: The Human Body

I highly recommend  the Mona MELisa Designs “Human Body” Peel, Play, and Learn Sticker Set for all homeschools and elementary classrooms. This is an extremely useful, hands-on method of learning about the human body that all kids need to learn.

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See my son in action in this Periscope review:

(Disclosure: I received a complimentary set of the Mona MELisa Designs “Human Body” Peel, Play, and Learn Sticker Set and monetary compensation for this honest review. This post contains affiliate links.)

Review: Maestro Classics The Nutcracker CD and Curriculum Guide

The Nutcracker by Maestro Classics review
We had a lot of fun recently listening to Maestro Classics The Nutcracker CDIf you aren’t familiar with Maestro Classics, they are a series of recordings that are written in the tradition of Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev. In other words, you’ll hear the great orchestral music while listening to a narrated story that goes with it.

You are probably familiar with The Nutcracker. It’s a ballet that is performed every Christmas. The music is by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It was written in the late 1800s and first performed in Russia in 1892. The story it’s based on was written by E. T. A. Hoffman. This particular adaptation is by Stephen Simon and is one hour long. The narrator of the story is Jim Weiss, who is certainly not a stranger to my kids since we often listen to other CDs he has narrated. The beautiful music is performed by the exquisite London Philharmonic Orchestra. There is music from every section of the ballet. The story flows seemlessly, and musical edits will be difficult for most people to pick out.

Let me just tell you, I thought the Maestro Classics The Nutcracker was awesome! I have heard about this company for years, but have never heard any of their CDs before. We’ll definitely be getting more of them!

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What I received was a physical CD with a study guide inside it.

Let me tell you a bit about the study guide. It’s a full-color booklet of 24 pages that fits inside the CD case. The illustrations are by Ashley Wolff. You’ll find a description of the 2 acts and all the scenes, with illustrations of some of the performers. Next is a “History of Ballet” section which tells when and where ballet started and how it has evolved through the years. There are a couple of lines of “sheet music” from the Overture. Then, there is an explanation of The Harp, with a photograph. The harp was loved by Tchaikovsky and is used in many of his ballets. You’ll hear it beautifully played in the Sugar Plum Fairy Pas de Deux on this CD. Next in the booklet is a biography of Tchaikovsky. Finally, there is a word scramble, crossword puzzle, and biographies of the adapter/conductor Stephen Simon and narrator Jim Weiss.

You can also use a free Curriculum Guide that’s available online.  In it you can find all sorts of links, games, videos, printables, and activities to teach about ballet (including videos), history and geography, science (the nutcracker–simple machines), language arts (lots of fairy tales to read), art (crafts as well as artists to study), music, and math.

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What are the other CDs available at Maestro Classics?

Peter and the Wolf, Casey at the Bat, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Soldier’s Tale, Merry Pranks of Master Till, My Name is Handel: The Story of
Water Music, Carnival of the Animals, Juanita the Spanish Lobster, and The Story of Swan Lake.

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Review: Koru Naturals Skin Care Products

Koru Naturals skin care products review

As I am finishing up my stint with the TOS Review Crew, I have a few extra reviews to share in the next couple of weeks. Today is not a homeschool product, but a mom product! I’ve had the pleasure to use 4 products from 
Koru Naturals –all the way from New Zealand– and will share the review of Skin Clear CreamManuka Honey Propolis SoapManuka Honey and Manuka Oil Facial Cleanser, and Manuka Honey, Tamarind and Manuka Oil Facial Toner with you.

I received full-sized physical products and have been using them daily for the last 6 weeks. I’m happy to say they aren’t used up yet! Koru Naturals is a company that has been an importer of health and beauty products from Australia and New Zealand since 2002.

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First I used the Skin Clear Creme. The cream itself is so luxurious–it really feels like you’re putting soft rose petals on your face! I found that the first time I used it, it was really greasy on my face all day. I realized that I just used too much. The other days I simply used less and it was perfect, and it will last longer. 🙂 The only thing I didn’t like about the cream was that it has a strong scent. I think that it’s probably the Manuka honey and oil because since it’s from New Zealand, I’ve never smelled it before.  My husband didn’t like the scent, so I just wore it during the day. The cream is in a 4 oz. in plastic jar. They give a few warnings on it not to use if allergic to honey or any of the plant products that are in it, as well as not using on children under 12 or if you’re pregnant.

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Next I used the Manuka Honey and Propolis Soap. This is a resident of my shower now. Look at the pictures below to see the cute shape it comes in! I found that the soap is quite moisturizing, not drying like typical bar soaps. The scent was similar to the cream I mentioned above, but I didn’t smell it on my skin during the day–just on the soap itself. It says on the package that Manuka Honey and Propolis are well-known for their “natural intense moisturizing and skin protective properties.” I totally agree with the moisturizing. It’s so nice!

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I also kept the Facial Cleanser in the shower. Two squirts from the little bottle was enough to wash my face and neck. I liked how fresh and clean my skin felt after using it each morning. It has the same manuka honey/oil scent, so I just used it during the day. It has 4 fl.oz. in it and says it’s for acneic, oily, combination, and sensitive skin. Several of the ingredients are organic. It has no parabens, artificial colorants, or artificial fragrances.

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After using the Facial Cleanser each morning, I used the Facial Toner. I squirted several squirts on a cotton ball and wiped it on my face and neck. It feels very tingly and refreshing. After it dried I followed it up with the Skin Care Creme.

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Review: the movie “Faith of Our Fathers”

Faith of our Fathers DVD review

Today I’m happy to tell you about a wonderful website called which has many Christian movies for sale. My husband and I were blessed to watch the DVD Faith of Our FathersIt’s from the studio that brought God’s Not Dead.

We had seen other movies featuring some of the same actors and were excited to see what this one would be like. Some of the actors in Faith of Our Fathers are David A.R. White, Kevin Downes, Candace Cameron Bure, and Rebecca St. James.

It’s rated PG and has a running time of 95 minutes.

Here is the synopsis:

A young man is about to get married, and his mother has just died. When cleaning out her garage he finds a box of things belonging to his father who had died in Vietnam. Through something he finds in the box, he is able to connect with another man about his age and finds that their fathers had been friends in Vietnam. The first man travels to meet the other so he could learn things about his dad he never knew before. He has letters that his dad wrote about his friend–this young man’s dad. The two sons take off on a road trip to the Vietnam Wall and enter not a few adventures. There are some funny scenes and some sad and poignant scenes. Some of the story ends up being heavier than I expected. It’s really a great story.

What I liked:

Faith of Our Fathers has a very intriguing and good premise of a story: two sons searching for their dads, and two dads talking about their sons- whom they would never see again. I loved the redemption message as well. One dad and one son are Christians and share God’s love with their friends, who are greatly in need of the Savior. I loved how the movie travels back and forth between the two time periods (the modern day sons and the Vietnam dads).  The scenes in the jungle of Vietnam did a good job of showing how difficult it was to be in that situation. We also see how 2 young boys losing their dads in the war affects them even 25 years later. Review no 2

What I didn’t like:

Unfortunately, like so many other faith-based movies, this one was a “B” movie. It was a bit frustrating to watch. I’m sure many others wouldn’t care, but it did bother my husband and me. Some of the acting wasn’t very good. There were scenes that were supposed to be funny, but the timing was off, so we didn’t laugh. The filming of certain scenes looked fake (like the rain and driving in the car).  There were also a few plot holes; I could explain them away, but would rather not. Overall, I’d recommend it, though. Review no 2
You might want to check out some of these other inspiring movies:
Do You Believe?
Little Boy
When Calls the Heart, Heart of the Family
Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth

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