Back To School Art Supplies Your Kids Will Love From Crayola

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Back To School shopping got you frustrated, yet again?  Let Crayola make school supply shopping a little easier this year with their wide variety of products.  There are so many options available from Crayola, no matter what grade your kiddo is in, you’re bound to find a few products that your child just can’t live without.

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I live in a VERY rural area, with not a whole lot of access to anything besides a few small stores that are all a minimum 25 mile drive away.  During my trip into town yesterday I saw a whole display of Crayola goodies and I was SO thrilled to see all of the different products.  I received a very generous box of supplies from Crayola and my kids couldn’t decide who was going to get which items.  Mom and our tiny town to the rescue!  I was able to find all of the items my kids fell in love with in our package from my friends at Crayola so there’s no fighting, and tons of fun to go all around this school year…and if I could find them in my tiny town, I’m sure you’ll be able to find them where you live too!

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Silly Scents are some of the newest products from Crayola and these were the items that my kids (and probably myself) were most excited about in our package.  These outrageously fun Silly Scents combine many of the same bright, colorful art products you’ve come to expect from Crayola but with a whiff of something extra.  Silly Scents markers, crayons and colored pencils contain fun-smelling colors that offer a multi-sensory scent-sation!  Kids will sniff and sketch the day away on creative projects that smell as good as they look!  Let these sweet smells inspire your little ones this school year and see just how creative they can be.  Silly Scent selections currently available are:

  • Silly Scents Washable Markers
  • Silly Scent Markers (in various pack sizes)
  • Silly Scents Twistable Crayons (in various pack sizes)
  • Silly Scents Colored Pencils

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Of course, Crayola still has all of those traditional supplies we’ve all come to know and love over the years.  In fact, Crayola was always my favorite brand of coloring supplies when I was a kid and is still my favorite to purchase for my own children.  One thing that I love about Crayola is the wide variety of products they offer in the same high-pigment colors we all look for.  I have one child in high school, one child in middle school, and one child in kindergarten, so the wide variety of items is especially nice when picking out items for their individual needs.  Whether you’re looking for colored pencils, crayons, or markers, the selection Crayola offers is unbeatable.

Let Crayola guide the way this year and alleviate a little bit of that Back To School stress all of us parents deal with.  Crayola has a Shop By Grade feature which makes it super easy to see exactly what items are perfect for your little one so you can shop for all of your children, no matter their age, all in one convenient spot.

 

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

Back To School with Oriental Trading

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If you’ve followed my blog for even a short amount of time, Oriental Trading is a name I’m sure you’ll recognize.  Oriental Trading has quickly become a one-stop-shop for so many different occasions, and you know I just couldn’t let the Back To School season pass by without picking out some super cute, super fun items for my kiddos to go back to school with.  Everything at Oriental Trading is so much more fun (and fun to use) than the stuff you’ll find at any local big box store in your area!

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No matter what grade your little one is going into, pencils are always a Back To School must, and no surprise that Oriental Trading has a super fun selection of pencils to choose from.  My daughter going into kindergarten fell in love with the Emoji Pencils and just had to have them.  My sons are older and prefer mechanical pencils so the Bright .7 mm Mechanical Pencils were a no-brainer for this household.  The twisting lead is a nice change from the traditional ‘click’ pencils that tend to fail and be a big fat waste of money.

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Rather than send your kiddo with a bag full of pens with different ink colors, try out these super fun Shuttle Pens!  These pens are a super fun writing tool to keep on hand, and they’re sure to make jotting down great ideas and to-do lists a lot more fun.  Ink colors include black, brown, dark green, tan, red, purple, turquoise, navy, pink and light green ink.

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Whether my kiddos are jotting down notes in class or drawing in a few spare minutes of free time, notepads are ALWAYS an item we go through quickly during the school season.  I love that Oriental Trading has lined and blank notepads so my kids have the freedom and organization to do what they need to do.  Both the Rainbow Glitter Spiral Notepads and Unicorn Spiral Notepads come in packs of 12, so you’ll always be sure to have these cute notepads on hand.

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If you have kiddos in school and DON’T go through about 100 erasers by the end of the year, I’d love to know how you get away with it.  Oriental Trading has some super cute erasers that will definitely get us through (at least most of) the school year without worrying about running out.  There’s nothing that beats a cool ice cream treat on hot summer days. And now you can always have one with you without a melting mess thanks to these super cute Summer Treats Erasers!  In Arizona it’s always nice to have a reminder of cool, refreshing things so these erasers are a hug hit with my kids.  Are you looking for a colorful addition to your children’s school supplies?  Simply remove the lid from one of these Striped Eraser Sticks, pull to your desired length and get to erasing!  These are a very useful desk accessory in a rainbow of pretty colors and perfect for kids of all ages.

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Even if you’re looking for traditional school supplies, Oriental Trading has you covered there.  I was able to order Crayola Classic Tip Markers, Crayola Classic Fine Tip Markers, and Crayola Colored Pencils so I didn’t have to go anywhere else…how awesome is that?

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With three kids in three different grades, there’s always a school project or two that needs working on, putting Sharpies in high demand in my home.  These Sharpie Chisel Tip Markers are able to make thin or bold lines, so no matter what you’re little one needs to do, these markers will help them achieve an amazing looking project.

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Now, I know these don’t look like your typical school supplies, but I always shop for a few fun extras.  My daughter’s class has a prize box that the kids get to pull from when they have a really good day, and I thought these Chalkboard Safari Animal Dog Tag Necklaces, Woodland Animal Stamps, and Emoji Rings were just too cute to pass up on.

Whether you’re a parent shopping for your children, or a teacher shopping for your class, there’s no way you can go wrong with Oriental Trading.  Check out all they have to offer this Back To School season and make the school year fun for your kiddos!

 

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

Squeezable Back To School Goodness From GoGo squeeZ

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Back-To-School can be a time where we struggle to find healthy snacks for our children to take to school.  Whether I’m shopping for my kids, or for a snack donation for my kindergartener’s class, it’s so nice to have a snack like GoGo squeeZ to rely on!  GoGo squeeZ products are crafted with high-quality, natural ingredients to provide wholesome goodness for kids (or adults) of all ages.  With over 20 varieties of fruit and veggieZ on-the-go, GoGo squeeZ is so much more than just Applesauce, they’re Goodness on the Go!

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Have you heard the GoGo squeeZ commercial that plays on the radio?  A little girl is offered numerous different snacks (cookies, chips, etc.) in exchange for her GoGo squeeZ and she says to the other children “you know I don’t trade my GoGo squeeZ!”  That’s how my three kiddos are so we were so happy to receive a shipment of goodies from our GoGo squeeZ friends.

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GoGo squeeZ Blueberry Yogurtz were a new one for us, but the kids have quickly fallen in love with this unique flavor that makes it easy to take yogurt anywhere.  This yogurt is a real low fat yogurt with blueberries, never anything artificial.  Even though it’s yogurt, it still comes in that loveable iconic squeezable, portable pouch.  GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ can be stored at room temperature until opened which makes it a perfect lunchbox companion for the back-to-school season.

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If you have an adventurous eater like I do, these GoGo squeeZ Apple Raspberry Lemon Twist pouches are perfect…but they’re a limited batch so find them while you can!  These pouches of goodness are sweet, delicious fruit flavored pouches with just a tiny sour punch of lemon.  All natural and always full of goodness, this tasty applesauce combination is a healthy snack with a sour twist that kids won’t be able to resist.

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GoGo squeeZ Apple Strawberry is a crowd favorite here in our home.  These apple strawberry pouches are jam packed with apples, strawberries and yumminess.  This sweet and healthy snack is perfect for anytime, or anywhere.  All that lip-smacking fruit in a no-fuss, no-mess strawberry applesauce pouch – that’s what’s called goodness on the go.  Whether you’re headed to the beach, sports practices, on the road or sending your little ones off to school, you simply can’t go wrong with GoGo squeeZ Apple Strawberry.

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GoGo squeeZ Apple Banana is another favorite with my kiddos, but it’s hard not to be a favorite when two of my kids’ favorite foods are combined into one squeezable, perfect combination of deliciousness and nutritiousness.  Kids will go bananas for this flavor so make sure to keep a few on hand!

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Oh my…where has this Apple Pumpkin Spice been all my life?  This was a flavor that was just too good for me not to try, and I will be heading to the store this week to find more boxes of this hidden gem.  Pumpkins, apples and a twist of cinnamon yumminess all squeezed into a portable pouch makes this snack perfect to take on-the-go.  This special Fall blend of tasty goodness is natural as always, but it won’t be around for long so grab them while you can!

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Last, but not least, we also got to try out the Pedal Pedal Peach Fruit & Veggiez.  Kids need natural energy to keep going, and Pedal Pedal Peach is the perfect nutritious blend of apples, peaches and sweet potatoes.  The natural energy they’ll gain while nourishing their bodies with wholesome foods just couldn’t get any better.

With so many flavors to choose from, you’ll be sure to find a GoGo squeeZ flavor (or two or three) that your little ones just can’t like without this school year.  Check out all of the flavors here.

 

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

Save Your Home From End-Of-Summer Boredom with Max Traxxx

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If you’re looking for some end of summer fun, Max Traxxx from Skullduggery is here to save those last days of summer and add a whole new level of fun.  Your kids will LOVE these Max Traxxx Tracer Racers!  The racers utilize Light Trail Technology as they blaze streaks of light on Skullduggery patented glow-in-the-dark track.  Each Tracer Racer beams down purple light rays from its undercarriage onto the track that’s specially engineered to emit glow remnants long after the racer has passed…it seems like just as the track is fading, the racers come back around and light up the track for endless glowing fun.

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I received the Max Traxxx Tracer Racers Remote Control Twin Loop set from my friends over at Skullduggery and my kids couldn’t wait to get this thing put together so they could start having fun.

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The setup of the track was super simple…just a few minutes and we were ready to have fun!  (Keep in mind, you will need 8 AA batteries, 4 for each controller, and it’s best to put the batteries in the controller and charge the cars before you assemble the track so there’s no wait time to start the fun.)  Choose your track, racers and loops, take into a dimly lit room and your kids will be ready to set the darkness ablaze.  We used this track first in the living room so we could take some decently lit pictures, but the fun in the dark is even more incredible!  My 5 year old daughter was able to race alongside my 12 year old son, so no matter if the racer is a beginner or advanced, there is fun for all!  The variable speed remote control cars and adjustable track heights allow racers to control course difficulty which is perfect for household’s like mine with various ages of children.  (Or just silly cats that like to watch the cars…our cat even spins her head in a circle watching the cars as they go through the loops, haha!)

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As you can see, the track really does light up really well, and stores the light energy for a considerable amount of time.  With 2 glow-in-the-dark dual loops, 4 dual glow-in-the-dark corners, over 36 feet of glow-in-the-dark track, and 2 remote control Tracer Racers, your kids will have hours and hours of fun.

Save these last days of summer from boredom with Skullduggery and Max Traxxx!  From now until 8/30/17, if you purchase a Max Traxxx Tracer Racer Set  (Double Loop, Infinity Loop and Police Chase) you will receive an extra RC Tracer Racer Set for free ($30 value)!  How awesome is that?!  To receive the extra RC Tracer Racer Set for free you will need to email proof of purchase from Amazon to skorders@skullduggery.com with purchase date between 6/21/17-8/30-17.

 

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

A Taste Of History With American Heritage Chocolate (Plus Bonus American Heritage Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Recipe!)

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Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am an absolute chocoholic.  No matter what it is, how light or dark it is, I LOVE IT!  I recently got the chance to try out some American Heritage Chocolate so you know my answer to partnering with them was YES!  Of course, haha!  American Heritage Chocolate has a unique place in the history of MARS, Inc. and in the hearts and minds of people all over America who appreciate an artisanal, authentic approach to making and celebrating chocolate.  115 experts from around the globe came together to perfect this 18th century recipe that is absolutely unlike anything else on the market.  The brand’s unique flavor profile makes it a joy to explore new ideas!  Like the complexity of a fine wine, a bite of American Heritage Chocolate reveals layers of taste.  The mildly spicy and slightly sweet recipe is flavored with a blend of 11 spices and ingredients available during the 18th century that range from the heat of chili peppers, to the warmth of vanilla, to the freshness of orange peel.

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Did you know that in the 18th century chocolate was enjoyed as a beverage?  It wasn’t until the mid 1880s that chocolate became “candy” as we know it.  These American Heritage Chocolate Bites give you a sampling to be enjoyed grated and served as a beverage or just popped in your mouth, which is really the best way to enjoy any chocolate…especially this one!

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There individual American Heritage Chocolate Sticks make perfect stirrers for your morning coffee!  If you prefer, it can be grated and added to water for a tasty sample of this authentic 18th century chocolate.  I chose to skip my coffee creamer and stir my morning cup of joe with this stick and the flavor was AMAZING!!  I had fun sitting and imagining that this is how my distant grandparents enjoyed their morning coffee.  (Hey, don’t judge me!  I’m somewhat obsessed with the past and figuring out what life was like for my ancestors.)

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Perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy this authentic recipe is the American Heritage Grated Chocolate.  Taste the sweeter side of the revolution!  This grated chocolate is delicious as a beverage and a great substitute for semi-sweet chocolate in a wide variety of recipes.

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I think the American Heritage Chocolate Block was by far my favorite item in my package.  Perfect for baking!  American Heritage is 63% cacao and a perfect substitution for the semi-sweet chocolate that your favorite recipe calls for.  I decided to use the chocolate blocks to make some peanut butter cups and the results were awesome!  Find the recipe below, try it out, and let me know what you think!

American Heritage Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 six ounce package of American Heritage Chocolate Block
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Chop one 3 ounce block of chocolate into large size chunks.  You don’t need to worry about getting it too small, it will all melt down just the same.

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Using a heat-safe glass bowl and small saucepan filled with water, melt the chocolate down using the double boiler method.  Once completely melted your chocolate will be smooth and glossy.

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Place baking 4 paper baking cups into a large muffin mold, and place a small layer of chocolate in each cup.  Freeze about 20 minutes or until solid.

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In a small bowl, beat together powdered sugar, peanut butter, butter and vanilla extract until the mixture is completely mixed.

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Divide the mixture into 4 pieces and form them into peanut butter patties.  Be sure to leave a little room on the edge so the chocolate on top can seal the whole thing together.

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Chop and melt the remaining chocolate block as you did before, and top your peanut butter cups off.  Freeze another 20 minutes or until solid and serve.

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The finished result is something that you and your friends and family just won’t be able to get enough of.

No matter how you choose to enjoy American Heritage Chocolate, you absolutely can’t go wrong.

 

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

Perfect Back To School Nutrition For Kids From Zone Perfect

 

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With Back To School just around the corner, I know most parents like myself are worried about proper nutrition with increased activity.  Zone Perfect Kidz bars are a perfect Back To School snack option for parents like myself who want quality snacks for our little ones.  The Zone Perfect Kidz bars are packed with the essential vitamins, minerals and the protein your child needs to fuel an active lifestyle.  These nutrition bars are tasty, yet nutritious, and come in 3 kid approved flavors that I couldn’t wait to try out with my kiddos.

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My daughter is just like me, a total chocoholic.  The Zone Perfect Kidz Chocolate Cupcake bars were her absolute favorite out of the three flavors available.  When you’re a kid, it’s always cupcake time!  This sweet and satisfying little snack is as nutritious as it is tasty. Rich.  Chocolately.  Totally snag-worthy and the most coveted “trade item” at the lunch table.

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What kid wouldn’t love a nutritious snack that tastes like sugar cookies?  The Zone Perfect Kidz Sugar Cookie bars are delish!  Treat your little one to a sweet little snack you can put in their pocket, lunchbox, backpack…just about anywhere!  Each bar has 5 delicious grams of protein to help keep little tummies full longer, and give little ones the energy they need to get through their day.

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Last, but certainly not least, the Zone Perfect Kidz bars are also available in Yellow Cupcake!   It’s a cupcake that fits in your pocket!  When your little one starts to get a little hangry, they can squash it right then and there and carry on with their day.

Zone Perfect has really made it easy for a busy mother like myself to rely on a wholesome snack.  Combine the great benefits of Zone Perfect Kidz nutrition bars with no artificial colors or flavors and you’ve got one great snack a mom like me can get behind.  Try out all of the flavors this Back To School season and see for yourself why these bars are so good.

 

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

Keep Your Home Organized In Style with the Songmics 3-Tier Storage Cube Organizer #Review #Giveaway

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I have been on an organization kick for quite some time now, and no room in the house drove me as nuts as my daughter’s bedroom.  There’s TONS of toys, clothes, shoes, journals, notebooks, pens and pencils that didn’t really have anywhere to go because she had so much stuff in such a small space.  After falling in love with the Songmics shoe organizer, I decided to see what other storage and organization issues they could help me tackle.

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The Songmics 3-Tier Storage Cube Organizer was absolutely the perfect fit for my daughter’s bedroom, and exactly what I had been looking for!  Even though I’m not a handy person, this was easy to assemble and I was ready to use it in almost no time at all.  Everything you need to put this storage cube together is included in the box, so there’s no need to dig out any extra tools or hardware, how cool is that?

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This organization cube will help you keep your home neat, tidy and organized, and offer ultimate convenient for your household organization.  Talk about versatile!  This organizer can be used for storing all sorts of items, and there is SO much more room inside this organizer than you would think.  I managed to clean up all the random junk in my daughter’s room and STILL had extra space to put more.  The ABS connectors and PP panels allow you assemble the storage units into different style according to your needs which is perfect for a household that likes to change things up now and then like mine.  The rust-proof iron frame makes your storage unit extra durable and ready to take on the mess of any room in the house.  I wish the 10 lb load per cube was a little higher, but I stored the heaviest items in the bottom cubes and haven’t had any issues with bowing, cracking, tearing, or breaking which makes this quite possibly one of my favorite items I’ve ever received as a blogger.  

Don’t just take my word for it, one of you lucky readers will have a chance to win a Songmics storage cube of your own!

***GIVEAWAY!!!***
Songmics has been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive a  Songmics 3-Tier Storage Cube Organizer  shipped directly to them from Songmics!  Giveaway will begin 08/03/17 at 11:00 am EST and will end 08/10/17 10:59:59 am EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Click the link below to enter:

Click here to enter the Songmics 3-Tier Storage Cube Organizer Givewaway!!

 

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