Red Apple Reading Review & Giveaway


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Red Apple Reading is an app program that assists children from ages 4-9 years of age.  It makes reading fun for the child in your life.

Red Apple Reading program has an extensive program for your child. There is downloadable flash cards, worksheets and activity ideas in the resource area of the dashboard once you sign up.

My son , Spencer, has some problems with his speech. He is in speech therapy. He has always struggled with the phonics of reading.

Red Apple Reading has assisted with him learning his phonics.

The colourful pictures really keeps the child’s attention while they learn.



Spencer enjoyed it and it was helping him to improve between his visits with the speech therapists.

Spencer is really into video games and apps for the ipad. This was one I approved of him playing.

On the dashboard a parent can check out the child’s progress.

You can have up to 3 children set up for Red Apple Reading. The children do not have to live in the home with you in order to use it.

If you can’t afford the subscription then Red Apple Reading has assistance. Contact them and it goes case by case.

There is also a 30 day money back guarantee. So you could have your child try it for 30 days to see if it is for you and them.

The Red Apple Reading is $149 for a Lifetime Membership which includes:

Lifetime membership – no more to pay ever

  • Over 700 games & videos teach reading skills

  • For kids ages 4-9

  • 70+ hours of interactive fun

  • Access for 3 children

  • Instant online access PLUS 5 free members-only apps ($25 value)

  • Dashboard – track progress, manage account, download workbooks & other resources

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If you have a child like Spencer who does struggle with reading or phonics, this is a perfect program to give your child added learning.

CLICK HERE to purchase

 Red Apple Reading would like to offer one Canadian Basics reader a chance to win a subscription.

Enter below in the Giveaway Tool

Open to Canadian and US residents 18+ (excluding Quebec)

Ends November 29/14

Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat Review & Giveaway




Winter is coming and the first thing I hate about winter is being COLD!

We have been looking at Wi-Fi thermostats and trying to decide if we should switch to something more modern.

So when I got asked to review the Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat, I jumped at the chance.

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Features of the Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat:

  • Multiple thermostats / multiple programs easily managed within Sensi app from multiple devices

  • Auto heat/cool changeover option

  • Permanent program retention during power loss (I love this feature since my town’s power goes out often.)

  • A/C compressor protection

  • Choice of battery-powered with optional power stealing assist or hardwired with battery backup (2 AA batteries included)






    Mike took off our old thermostat and replaced it with the Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat in minutes.

    It was so easy to set up.

    I am good with technical programs but with installing products , I am a bit slower since I have had my husband around for 14 years, I have gotten lazy.

    The Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat is so easy to install, anyone can do it.

    The Sensi app also comes with an instruction video to help you further.

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    With me being on dialysis, I can’t get unhooked unless I really need to do something. (ie. My children get sick in the middle of the night.)

    Sometimes I will be lying around in bed and get either too hot or too cold.

    My thermostat is downstairs, so it isn’t within reach to me while I am hooked up in my room.

    The Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat allows me to change the temperature with my smartphone!

    Now I can turn the heat on, central air or change the temperature all with a push of a button from my bed.

    We also set it on a schedule. (Which you can see from the picture.)

    We set it for 21 oC for 6am and at 10pm it drops back to 18oC.

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    You can even be away from home and change the temperature.

    One day I was on the phone with Mike and I was telling him I was freezing.

    He turned up the heat with his app.

    I was at home in Alvinston, Ontario and he was in Cambridge, Ontario at the time.

    I just think the Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi is a great addition to any home!

    You can purchase the Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat on the Sensi website for $149.99 US ~ CLICK HERE

    To contact a distributor near you ~ CLICK HERE

    Purchase the Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat on ~ CLICK HERE

    We have also been given a chance to offer one Canadian Basics fan a chance to win a Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi termostat!

    Open to Canadian residents 18+

    Ends November 24/14


    *I was not financially compensated for this post, but did receive a Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat to review. Opinions expressed are my own.*