Saturday, January 28, 2017

ThinStix (Review)

Thin Stix
Disclosure: I received a complimentary pack of Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc. in exchange for a honest review.

Last year, we did a review on Kwik Stix, and my sons and I absolutely fell in love with this product. You can only imagine our excitement when we heard that The Pencil Grip, Inc. designed a new product called Thin Stix. Both of these amazing products contain tempera paint that dries within 90 seconds, and can be used on poster paper, cardboard, wood and canvas! Each product comes in a variety of vibrant colors, and leaves a paint-like finish for each of your child's masterpieces!    

Thin Stix

 The Thin Stix, as shown above are a brilliant concept in that it has paint in a marker or highlighter type format. The Thin Stix seem to be an adaption of the Kwik Stix, which come in a glue stick like format. The Thin Stix give your child the ability to have more of a finer detail in their artwork.  Both Thin Stix and Kwik Stix make painting virtually mess free. I remember when I was a child, what a chore it must have been for my parents or teachers when paint was involved. With these wonderful products, there's no need for art smocks, water, or brushes. This means more time enjoying what your child is working on, and less time prepping and cleaning up.

Thin Stix

We went to a WWE wrestling event a few weeks ago, and my sons and my husband were so excited to have the Thin Stix to work on their posters for the event. They were able to make posters to show support for their favorite wrestlers, and the best part was we were able to do this only a few hours before the event! The paint dried in no time, and they turned out beautiful! My sons also love using Thin Stix for doing their school projects, or for just doodling and drawing. I love that there is no mess, and watching how much they enjoy what they are designing or working on.

Thin Stix

My family and I would definitely recommend Thin Stix and Kwik Stix! These products are perfect for the classroom or home, and they are just so much fun! If you have a young artist in your house, this would make an awesome addition to their art supply collection. They are the first things my sons grab when they want to paint or color, and they last for a long time. I did a review in April of last year for Kwik Stix, and there is plenty of paint still left for how much they are used by my boys. I hope you and your family will enjoy these products as much as mine do!

To see more about this amazing company, please visit them on their social medias below:

Thin Stix

Available for sale on Amazon! (affiliate link)

Blessings,

Kelly

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Just Spices (Review)


 Just Spices
 Disclosure: I was provided complimentary products from Just Spices, in exchange for a honest review.

Do you and your family enjoy cooking together? I can't tell you how excited my family and I were to get to sample some of the Just Spices products. Cooking and eating is a big part of our family, because it is a way for us all to be together and discuss our day. I also enjoy looking for healthy and organic options for my family. Just Spices is USDA Organic (with no flavor enhancers), and offer a variety of spices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages. Their website also shares many fantastic photos, videos, and recipes that you and your family can whip up together using these wonderful spices.

 https://justspices.com/

The initial 20 U.S. house blends comprise: 
  • BBQ Popcorn Seasoning, BBQ Seasoning
  • Extra Spicy Seasoning 
  • Flavors of Italy Seasoning
  •  Flavors of Mexico Seasoning
  • Guacamole Seasoning
  • Hickory Rub
  • Oatmeal Spice Blend
  • Pancake Blend
  • Pizza Seasoning
  • Pork Rub
  • Savory Eggs Blend
  • Seafood Rub
  • Smoothie Boost
  • Spicy Garlic Blend
  • Spicy Popcorn Seasoning
  • Steak Rub
  • Sweet Potato Seasoning
  • Texas BBQ Dip Seasoning
  • Vegetable Broth Seasoning
  • Murray River Salt: made with lovely pink flakes from Australia with a mild flavor.
  • Crushed Tellicherry Pepper: made with a slight nutty variety sourced directly from India’s Malabar Coast.

Which spice sounds like your favorite?

The story behind Just Spices is extraordinary. Three university friends teamed up and traveled the world to gather inspiration for their spices. They met with families from many different cultures who shared their meals and recipes. The illustrations on a large number of their spices are from actual people this trio of friends met with. They launched their company in 2012 in Germany, and their spices made it to the U.S. this last October in 2016. The canisters the spices come in are stackable, colorful, and also protect the spices from the sun. The containers also are made to be aroma-tight and use recyclable paperboard and aluminum-lined packaging that maximize freshness. The spices are high quality and are gathered from the best, full-flavored ingredients from around the world at a price you can afford. The spices range in price from $5.99 to $7.99. There are also great deals on their website, that offer free shipping with orders over $35 and $5 off your first order if you sign up for their newsletter.     


 Just Spices

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My family and I sampled three of the products from Just Spices: Texas BBQ Dip, Flavors of Italy, and Spicy Popcorn Seasoning. We made a yummy veggie and bread dip with the Texas BBQ Dip. The Spicy Popcorn Seasoning states its product name quite well, but it is a good kick to reinvigorate your popcorn! The Flavors of Italy is a delicious way to make your own tomato sauce or spice up one you pick up at the store. My family and I really enjoyed all of these spices because they are so versatile, and the company shares great meal ideas. The canisters are really unique and colorful, and make a beautiful display on the kitchen counter also. We would definitely recommend Just Spices, and are excited to try some other spices from them.     

Blessings,

Kelly

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Monday, January 2, 2017

3 Seeds (Chara Games Review)


 Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of 3 Seeds from Chara Games, in exchange for a honest review. 

Are you looking for a fun, family board game to play in the new year? 3 Seeds is a wonderful addition to any family game night! It is the newest game from Chara Games. Back in November, we wrote a review on their first game called Commissioned. 3 Seeds is a bit different, because this game has only one winner and is not a cooperative game where you get to work together like in the game, Commissioned. It is a game of strategy though. The game comes with all the pieces shown above, and The Rulebook does an awesome job of explaining how to play. It is recommended for ages 12 and older, but this is a game that I think younger children could enjoy as well. It is a game for 2 to 5 players, and each game is designed to last for about 30 to 45 minutes.     

 3 Seeds

Each player is given cards that represent either Money, Time or Labor. The players are also given Crop cards, Harvest cards, and Event cards for when the other players complete a crop. Each crop has different numbers for things needed such as money, time or labor. Once a crop is complete. the player gets to keep the card which contains bonus points for once the game is finished. The harvest card gives each player points for how many cards they placed for that crop. The Event cards can make things very interesting because you may be able to swap a crop with another player, or harvest a crop early. 

 3 Seeds

The players in the game are represented with their color cube on a game piece that is numbered 1 to 50. If a player passes 50, you start over on the game board but they are given a blue chip that counts as 50 points. Once a crop is harvested, the points get added up and then multiplied by the Harvest card number. I loved this concept because it is a fun way to learn and teach about addition and multiplication.  My sons who are five and seven years old, were able to add up the number of points and move the game pieces to the correct number on the game board. The person with the most points at the end of the game wins! 

 3 Seeds

The message of the game is that we are all given different gifts, but we must use them wisely. This game definitely has you think strategically to figure out how to get the most points out of what you are given. On each players turn, you have 3 cards (seeds) and you have a chance to use at least 2 of the cards to either play on yourself or on another player's crop. If you have a certain Event card, you may be able to use all 3 seed cards in one turn. This helps you get extra points and possibly harvest a crop. 

 3 Seeds

My family and I had a blast playing this game, and it is one of the new favorite games now that we play. It is a great game to play with tweens, teenagers and even younger children. My father-in-law has been undefeated in the games we have all played so far, and he says he is willing to share his advice and tips on how to win! It's been incredible to be able to play a game that three generations of family enjoy playing together. Family time is very important, and I am so glad Chara Games designs games that focus on the concept of family time and being together. My family and I would definitely recommend this game, and we give it a five out of five stars!   

Come check out our review of another fantastic game from Chara Games!

 Commissioned

To find out more about this amazing company, please visit them on their social medias below:

 Chara Games


Blessings,

Kelly

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Charlie the Tramp (Book Review & Giveaway)

Charlie the Tramp
Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Propeller Consulting, LLC through FlyBy Promotions in exchange for a honest review.  

Charlie the Tramp is celebrating it's 50th anniversary, in this wonderful hardback edition of this book! It was originally written in 1966 by Russell Hoban, and was the Winner of the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award, 1968. Charlie is this adorable beaver who just wants to be a "tramp." He doesn't want to do all the hard work a beaver does, he just wants to have fun and tramp around. As he goes on an adventure, he is met with an unknown dilemma and must make a decision if he wants to be a tramp, or a beaver. It is such a classically written story, and it is one I think many parents and children will enjoy reading together. 

 Charlie the Tramp

My sons and I fell in love with Frances the badger from the books written by Russell Hoban, and illustrated by Lillian Hoban. We were first introduced to these phenomenal books, including our favorites: Bedtime for Frances and A Baby Sister for Frances at our local library. Charlie the Tramp was no exception. Charlie is a great character, and it was wonderful to see how supportive his family is in this story. My boys and I shared many giggles reading this amazing story, that has a fun ending with a good moral. 

 Charlie the Tramp

I am so thankful that the publisher did such a fantastic job on making this 50th anniversary edition so special. Books written 50 years ago still have relevant messages, and are in fact better than many of the children's books that are available today. My family and I are excited to have a new bedtime story favorite to add to our home library. We give this book a five out of five stars, and would definitely recommend! Read below on how to win a copy for your family!

About the Author:
Charlie the Tramp

Russell Hoban (1925-2011) first became famous for his children’s
picture books about a badger named Frances and other animal
characters that have a lot in common with children we know – Bedtime
for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances, and
Emmit Otter’s Jug-band Christmas.

About the Illustrator:
Lillian Hoban (1925-1998), one of America’s favorite children’s book
illustrators, is best known for a young chimpanzee named Arthur and
his little sister, Violet. She also illustrated six of Russell Hoban’s books
about Frances the badger, which have taken their place among the great
classics of children’s literature. Lillian Hoban was born in Philadelphia
and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. She studied dance
for ten years and became a professional dancer. She began to write and
illustrate her own stories only after having children, basing her tales on
their experiences.

Giveaway:

In accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising: Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification. One winner will be chosen to win a copy of the physical book, Charlie and the Tramp. Giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States who are 18 years old and older. 

Giveaway opens December 6, 2016 and will end on December 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm. Best of luck to all who enter :)
Blessings,

Kelly




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