DIY Your Easter With Sharpie

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I’m sure we all know what Sharpie markers are, and we probably all have a stash of them in various colors and pen styles.  Since the introduction of the Sharpie marker in 1964, it has grown to so much more than just a simple office supply.

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Thanks to my friends over at Sharpie, I received a couple packages to try out and have fun making my spring more colorful.  With Easter just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to DIY my family’s Easter celebration with the help of these fun colored Sharpies.

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How cute is this ‘Happy Easter’ banner?!  The best thing is, it didn’t cost a dime to make and it will look so festive hanging up for our Easter dinner.  I used the Fine Point Sharpie Markers that I received plus a few simple things I had laying around the house.  I cut white paper to the size I needed, added my letters and colored them in, glued them to cardboard pieces cut to the same size as the paper, and added some hot glue and ribbon along the back to bring the whole thing together.

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I think I am absolutely in love with the Easter dishes I created.  I headed to my local dollar store to find white dishes at a reasonable cost and luckily I was able to find enough to make custom dishes for my whole dinner table.  Once you are done decorating your dishes, there are two ways that you can make sure they’re ready for use at the table.  If you have oven-safe dishes, you can bake them at 250 degrees for 2 hours.  If your dishes are not oven-safe, you can coat them in a food safe shellac that you can find at most hardware stores (or online if you can’t find it locally).

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The metallic Sharpies are perfect for writing on already dyed Easter eggs.  My kids and I tried out making shaving cream eggs as we’ll be making them large scale in about a week, and they wanted their names written on the one’s they dyed.  The metallic Sharpie really pops on the colorful backgrounds of the eggs!

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No Easter dinner setup is complete without place cards, and you guessed it, Sharpie can help you there too.  I found some super cute printable designs and the fine point Sharpies were perfect for getting into the small spaces!

What will Sharpie inspire you to create this Easter?

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Create Displayable 3D Works Of Art With IncrediBuilds #Review

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IncrediBuilds are a fun way to express yourself while having fun.  The IncrediBuilds collection features do-it-yourself, customizable, freestanding models that are sure to delight fans of all ages.  Each model is made of Earth-friendly, FSC-certified wood so you can feel good about the product you’ve purchased.  Each include step-by-step directions and coloring and crafting ideas.  No glue or tools necessary so little hands can easily put them together with no mess to clean afterwards.  Informative and interactive, both kids and adults can use these projects to explore their creativity and create unique, displayable art.

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There are lots of different licensed products available but Star Wars was absolutely the number one pick for my sons and my husband.

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The Millennium Falcon is easily the most recognizable ship from the Star Wars movies and it’s no surprise my husband was as eager as a child to get his hands on this set.  The Star Wars Millennium Falcon Deluxe Book And Model Set is perfect for any Star Wars fan.  You can build and color your own 3D Millennium Falcon and learn all about the classic Star Wars spacecraft in this deluxe book set.  The model is easy to assemble, snapping together to make a dynamic, displayable 3D version of this fan favorite.

 

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Another easily recognizable ship from the Star Wars episodes is the X-Wing.  With this X-Wing Deluxe Book And Model Set you can learn all there is to know about these versatile ships.  Learn everything from basic flight and weapons capabilities through to notable pilots, famous battles, and amazing behind-the-scenes secrets.  This one was also a snap to put together and my sons had a great time helping my husband assemble them.

These full color deluxe book and model sets make the perfect gift for any Star Wars fan on your holiday shopping list.  If that special someone you’re shopping for isn’t a huge Star Wars fan, you can check out all of the IncrediBuilds sets here.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Solve Little Problems With Big Style #Fodeez #Review

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Fodeez is a great way to solve little problems with big style.  With their Reusable Adhesive frames and Colorable 4×6 frames you can really get your own personal style across.  These dry erase friendly frames mean the possibilities for expressing yourself are endless.

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The Reusable Adhesive Frames came into existence about a decade back.  In 2006 the Fodeez creator upgraded her refrigerator and found that the prime place to display her kids’ photos and artwork, as well as the area she used to keep track of their busy schedules was gone.  Magnets wouldn’t stick, tape would damage the surface, and she found herself on a quest.  That’s how Fodeez Frames came to be and have been a hit ever since.  Simply place the reusable frame on a smooth surface and you can use it again and again, hundreds of times!  The clear frame in the middle ensures that even the most precious of photos or documents will stay safe while the frame stays completely useful.

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I don’t know why, but my daughter loves this picture of me when I’m 5, catching my first (and last) fish in a canal in my Aunt Honey’s backyard in South Carolina.  She was so excited that she could color around this picture and customize the frame.  These Colorable 4×6 Frames will make the perfect gift for a kid!  I think my daughter has more fun drawing silly things on mommy’s face, but she also enjoys coloring the frame and wiping it away and making it completely new and different each time.

These Fodeez frames are absolutely genius and I can’t believe I had no idea about them until now.  They’re so useful I’m finding myself wondering how I live without them for so long.  If you’ve got someone particularly difficult to shop for this holiday season (like a tween or teen) I can’t think of any better gift than Fodeez Colorable Frames.  For the sensible adult, the classic frames will be a big hit too!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Create Personalized Holiday Crafts With Sharpie Extreme #Review

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In today’s fast paced, grab-and-go world, handcrafted gifts or personal touches to presents are often overlooked.  I am on a mission to put a little handcrafted love into each gift this holiday season and with Sharpie Extreme by my side there’s no craft I can’t accomplish.

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Sharpie Extreme permanent markers have high-contrast ink that resists fading when exposed to some of the harshest conditions. Things like UV rays, rain, snow, and even mud can’t stop the great look of Sharpie Extreme markers!  Great for outdoor gear, sports equipment, backpacks, water bottles, or in my case, creating fun holiday crafts that I want to stay looking as great as the day I made them.  Sharpie Extreme delivers bold color and can be used on most surfaces, including plastic, glass and wood.

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I wanted to add a special touch to each and every gift, and I wanted it to be noticeable.  Gift tags are one of the first things noticed about a gift and I think Sharpie did a great job helping me make these gift tags speak out loud without saying a word.  The fine, durable tips deliver bold color and lines whether you’re working on paper or more difficult surfaces.  I think the bold colors of the markers do a great job making a statement while having a great holiday feel with these classic holiday colors.   There’s no end to the fun holiday projects you can create!  From customized holiday wrapping paper and personalized ceramic mugs to creative glass ornaments or a special cookie plate for Santa…creating special holiday crafts and gifts has never been so easy.

Whether you’re looking to create fun holiday gifts or shopping around for great stocking stuffers, you can’t go wrong with Sharpie.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Colorful Halloween Fun With Parragon Books #Review

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I received the cutest assortment of coloring books for the Halloween season from Parragon Books!  My kids have been having so much fun with these new coloring books…the Halloween theme is a huge hit with them.

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The Spooky Black Paper Coloring Book is a fun way to create unique pictures no matter what age you are.  Every page in this creepy coloring book … is black! Use the five awesome, bright-out crayons to get crazy creative with this innovative twist on coloring.  Once you’re done coloring, you can add the 50 spooky stickers to decorate the pages any way you choose.  Add flying witches or creepy zombies to any design and create something unique.

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Halloween Heroes is a super fun, 48-page coloring and activity book with one sheet of stickers and four chunky crayons. Join all your Disney Pixar friends on their amazing Halloween adventures. Have tons of fun with Woody, Boo, Arlo and Riley’s emotions, with these spook-tacular activities and stickers. Don’t forget to use your crayons for some creepy coloring!  My kids love coloring the pages and finding stickers of the matching character to create fun themed pages of all their favorite characters.

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Princesses and Pumpkins was a HUGE hit with my daughter, of course.  She is in love with everything princess and the Halloween theme was exciting for her.  This 48-page coloring and activity book comes with one sheet of stickers and four chunky crayons. Join the Disney Princesses for some spooky adventures. Complete the activities and use your crayons to add color to the pictures.  You can color in a magical pumpkins, help a spider find its web, count the lollipops, and much more!

No matter what age you are, you’ll enjoy the fun that these Parragon coloring books have to offer…I know I found myself coloring a few pages with the kids 🙂 .

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.***

Learning Box Preschool Week 3 #Review

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Week 3 using Learning Box Preschool was incredibly fun (and tasty)!  We started a new theme this week and my daughter is loving all of the fun new things we’ve been discovering.  There have even been a few theme related snacks that the whole family enjoyed.

Monday:

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Continuing on learning about the number 1.  Jade was a superstar at categorizing whether things belonged in the ‘1’ group or not.

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Even more fun with the number one.  This activity had 10 different images, and Jade had to categorize whether the pictures showed one or more, and put them in the right place.  She was able to do this with no problem…she’s really getting the hang number 1!

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Hot air balloons are tons of fun!  What better way to imagine a fun place to go than to make a hot air balloon?  Jade put a scared face on her person cutout because she’s afraid of heights and said she would be nervous way up high.

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What a tasty way to enjoy hot air balloons!  Jade covered donut holes in icing, dipped them in sprinkles, and put them on top of mini cupcakes with toothpicks to create fun and edible hot air balloons.

Tuesday:

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Jade is getting pretty far along in her colorful shapes book.  This time we had fun with ‘coloring’ the shape and used glue and glitter 🙂 .

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Birds can fly way up high just like hot air balloons, and Jade had fun making a little birdie.  I tried convincing her to paint it, she wanted it white so we just left the paper plate plane.  Jade said this bird she made is queen of birdlandia.

Wednesday:

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Planes are tons of fun!  Jade made 2 different types of airplanes and tested them out to see which one flew better.  Surprisingly, the straw plane with circles flies incredibly far!

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The best kind of airplane is an edible one.  We used bananas for the plane body and wings, chocolate chips for the windows, and cool whip for clouds.  Make it on a blue plate and you’ve got a sky colored backdrop.

Thursday:

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Jade is getting pretty good at shape and color recognition.  We used these colorful shape cards to make different groups.  First Jade sorted them all by shape, then by color.

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Triangles, triangles, and more triangles!  Jade had a blast making the triangle collage and was able to identify all the colors…such a smart little girl 🙂 .

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Jade LOVED building the name rocket.  She is a big fan of the show “Little Einsteins” and their character Rocket.  She did a great job building the rocket and making the flames from glue and glitter.  Her fine motor skills are developing quickly and I love seeing the progress that she’s making.

If you missed any of the previous weeks that we’ve done, you can find week 1 here, and week 2 here.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the curriculum box provided free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.***

Learning Box Preschool Week 2 #Review

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Week 2 doing Learning Box Preschool curriculum was even more fun than the first!  This week we were continuing on with the circus theme and had tons of fun while learning lots of new things.

Monday:

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We mixed it up a little bit with the name puzzles by combining both upper case and lower case letters.  This didn’t slow Jade down at all, she knew which letters went where which was pretty surprising for me.  I wasn’t sure if she could get the hang of that yet but she did in no time!

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Jade got to make a book all about the number one.  Lots of fun illustrations and tracing options that teach while allowing fun.

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No circus would be complete without a big elephant.  Jade got to make a cute elephant with a long trunk and big floppy ears.  She’s starting to get better at following instructions and building her crafts.  Those fine motor skills are developing and I love it!

Tuesday:

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Day 7 had a super fun math game that Jade had fun with.  Pick a number, count out the orange circles, and place them above the clowns to make them juggle.  She recognized every number by herself and was able to count out the correct number of circles.

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Remember the colorful book of shapes?  Time to add some little orange circles to it!

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Jade has had a lot of fun creating these little mini books.  This time I laid out the pages (not in numerical order) and asked her to put them in the correct order and she was able to do it without much hesitation.  Number recognition is coming along quite nicely.

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I love the activities that engage imagination.  It’s hard to see, but the paper says “If I was in a circus, I would” and leaves a space for the child to finish the sentence.  Jade finished it with “be a juggler” and drew and adorable picture of her juggling.

Wednesday:

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Seals are some of the most adorable circus performers and Jade got to make one of her own.  She did a great job following instructions and creating a finished product that she was super proud of.

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We had a fun animal cracker snack that Jade loved!  We had fun sorting the animals into different groups, then eating the tasty treats.

Thursday:

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Day 9 we got to work a little more on Jade’s colorful shape book.  (Don’t mind the orange that bled through from the previous page…Jade uses a lot of paint.)

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This fun board game encourages counting while building motor skills.  Each time Jade landed on a new circle I asked her to say the color of the space she landed on, so you can always use this game to help with color identification as well.

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One of the best circus foods is cotton candy.  We made a special puffy paint together and Jade got to make her own pretend cotton candy.

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After making pretend cotton candy, what better way to follow up than with REAL cotton candy?  Jade had a fun circus themed lunch on day 9 and enjoyed every bit of it.  She had a hot dog, popcorn, peanuts, and of course, cotton candy.

Friday:

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Squares, squares, and more squares!  Jade got to create a fun square collage on day 10 and she had a lot of fun.  She surprised me when she said “I’m turning some of them sideways to make them diamonds”.  She’s just too darn smart!

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Every great circus needs a train.  Jade got to draw a circus animal (she chose a tiger) and put it in the train she was making.  She did a great job following directions and is super proud of her train.

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You know we had to make an edible train…what fun would it be if we didn’t?  We used flavored marshmallows for the smoke stack and headlight, airhead bites for wheels, and marshmallow creme to hold it all together.  Yes, it was messy, but also fun and delicious!

(To see what we did days 1-5, check out my Learning Box Preschool Week 1 post here.)

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the curriculum box provided free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.***