Category: Arts and Crafts

Celebrating the Radio Disney Music Awards with Aquabeads (GIVEAWAY INCLUDED!!)



Do you have a little one who loves to get creative?  Say hello to the Aquabeads Beginner’s Studio, complete with everything your little one will need to get the creative juices flowing and keep those beautiful creations coming.  Summer is the time us parents are most afflicted by the nasal-y whines of youngsters everywhere crying “I’m booorrrreeeedddd”, but not this summer, and not in this house!  Aquabeads to the rescue!  Aquabeads take arts & crafts play to a new level of creative fun that children of all ages will adore.  Children can create Aquabeads designs from the included templates (plus more to be found online) or they can let their imaginations run wild, there’s no limit to what they can come up with.  It’s as simple as place beads onto a layout tray, then spray with water to fuse the beads together.  Once dried, the masterpiece can be shared with friends and family, or given as thoughtful gifts full of personal flair.



The Aquabeads Beginner’s Studio comes with everything your little one will need.  The star-shaped bead case stores the 840 included beads with lots of room to hold more which was perfect for the Aquabeads we had lying around from previous sets we’ve bought.  The set will also come with a sprayer, bead pen, and the amazing bead peeler to life creations off the tray just ten minutes after spraying!  Everything you need is included so it makes the perfect gift for kids who are just getting started with Aquabeads.  The lid to the star-shaped case can be used as a bead tray to keep designs neat and tidy with minimal clean-up.  Be creative and make beautiful designs such as cakes, rainbow and animals!  Want to know the best part?  Just spray the creation with water and the beads stick together!  There’s no need for heat or ironing, making this a GREAT kit for self-motivated children like my little Jadey-bug.  She loves being able to do things completely on her own and she loves taking charge of all of her bead creations.



The Radio Disney Music Awards are just a couple short days away and with Aquabeads as a proud sponsor, you KNOW that means there’s some fun to be had!  The team of Aquabeads designers have been hard at work creating a true-to-size ARDY trophy from Aquabeads, and you won’t want to miss all the action happening on stage.  Make sure you tune into Disney Channel June 23rd at 8 pm to catch all of the fun and witness the awesome ARDY trophy the Aquabeads designers have come up with!


Thanks to my friends over at Aquabeads, I’ve been provided with the opportunity to offer a giveaway for one lucky winner to receive a Beginner’s Studio of their own!  One lucky winner will receive an Aquabeads Beginner’s Studio sent directly to them from Aquabeads!  Giveaway will begin 06/21/18 at 12:00 pm EST and will end 06/28/18 at 11:59:59 am EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize before another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Enter below!


Aquabeads Beginner’s Studio Giveaway


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

DIY Candy Necklaces For Valentines Day



Looking for a fun way to mix it up this Valentines Day?  Trade in those boring old paper cards your kids exchange every year and step it up a notch.  These easy to make DIY candy necklaces will be the highlight of your little one’s Valentine exchange this year, and thanks to Oriental Trading, you can get everything you need all in one convenient spot!  With a variety of candy and a couple extra materials, you can recreate these super cute candy necklaces in no time at all.



If you’re looking to recreate these candy necklaces (whether it’s for Valentines Day or any other occasion) here’s a list of the supplies you’ll need (which can all be found at Oriental Trading):



The first thing you’ll need to do, is determine the length that you should cut each section of tulle in to.  The width of the roll is 6 inches, which is plenty wide enough to accommodate what you need, so all you’ll need to worry about is the length.  These necklaces will be for my daughter’s kindergarten class, so 28″ was a good measurement.  It will allow the necklaces to go on over the kiddos heads easily so there’s no frustration or broken necklaces.

Roll your tulle section into a tube, and measure out exact center.  Since my tulle length is 28″, my exact center will be 14″.  Tie a section of the heart curling ribbon at your exact center and you’re ready to move on to the next step.



Now that you’ve marked your exact center, you’re ready to attach the heart pendants that will go on each necklace.  You can use whatever your preferred glue is, I prefer hot glue for its reliability as well as dry time.  In just a few minutes you’re ready to move on to the next step 🙂



Once the glue for the heart pendants has dried, you’ll be able to start filling your necklaces with goodies!  One by one, add a candy to the necklace and tie off in between each candy with a section of heart curling ribbon.  When you put in your last two pieces of candy (one on each side) you’ll be able to attach both ends together, and secure with another section of ribbon.  You’ll want to add a dot of hot glue on the final ribbon that’s connecting both sides.  This will ensure the necklace stays secure and won’t slip out of place.



Once your final dot of hot glue is dry, your necklaces are ready to hand out to all the lucky littles in your kiddos class.

Say goodbye to the boring old candy necklaces of the past.  These super cute, updated versions of the classic favorite will be sure to please anyone who’s lucky enough to receive one.


Whether you’re looking to recreate these candy necklaces, feature a candy buffet at your upcoming event, or just looking to buy candy in bulk for any reason, make sure you check out Oriental Trading for all of your candy needs.


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

Hot Holiday Gifts For All The Littles On Your List


Looking for great gifts for all the littles on your shopping list this holiday season?  I’ve picked out 3 of my children’s favorites that are going to be super hot items this year on every little one’s gift wish list.  Whether the littles you’re shopping for are young or old, there’s some super fun items that are great for kids of all ages and genders.


#1 Smooshy Mushy Toys


This super cute line of soft, squishy, and collectible toys is here just in time for the holiday season.  The new line of scented, “slow-rise,” squishable pets comes in a variety of delightfully fun food themes; each is packaged with a tiny collectible squishy best friend, adding levels of surprise for young consumers.  The Smooshy Mushy line is made of a pleasingly tactile, ultra-soft material which has a mesmerizing, slow rising action after being compressed into its packaging.

Smooshy Mushy Bentos – The Bentos are some of the smooshiest and mushiest characters around. Be on the lookout for all three.

Smooshy Mushy Series 1 – Collect all 8 Series 1 original Smooshies and 13 Besties.  Be on the look out for the super rare Samira Smore bestie!

Smooshy Mushy Frozen Delights – Cool, collectable and ultra-cute. Collect all 4 of the Frozen Delights smooshies & their Besties like Udelle Unicorn & DeLana Banana!

Smooshy Mushy Bestie Snack Pax – Series one includes 13 out of a total of 39 randomly assorted blind bags – each featuring a squishy Bestie, a collectible poster and a game.

The Smooshy Mushy line is being sold exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide, with series 1 now available.


#2 Zing Fidget Toys

If you have a little fidgeter, these fun fidget toys make perfect stocking stuffers!  My son loves taking a different fidget toy with him each day to help him concentrate better on his school work and I’m telling you, these thing absolutely do work.

Spinbladez – These tri-colored fidget spinners have triple light effects making the play even more fun!

Tumblstix – Introducing LED Tumblstix – a mesmerizing fidget toy that challenges you to balance and catch the cylinder smoothly during 360 degree rolls and 180 degree flicks, all whilst doing tricks.

Metal Chuckz – New to the Tumb Chuckz line, these super cool Thumb Chucks now come in 4 metallic colors! Gold, Black, Bronze, and Silver.  Soft to the touch and no LED light so they’re perfect for even the littlest of users.


#3 IDO3D Print Shop

Introduce kids to the world of 3D art with the IDO3D 3D Print Shop.  The IDO3D 3D Print Shop is a fun, safe way to create 3D objects without using software or waiting forever for your project to finish printing!  The IDO3D Print Shop uses pre-made molds and a reusable Formula 4D cloning compound to make your very own creations.  This fun 3D Print Shop uses a special ink and LED light to cure creations in a safe and easy way.  Patience and practice make for beautiful art, and before long your child will be making jewelry, toy vehicles, construction bricks, collectibles, fashion accessories, figures, and more!  The IDO3D Print Shop empowers kids to create from scratch any 3D object they desire or clone those they already own!

IDO3D box contents include:

  • 1 3D print shop machine
  • 1 formula 4D cloning compound
  • 2 3D printing ink cartridges (red and blue)
  • 3 assorted molds
  • assorted molding accessories


If you’re looking for fun gifts kids will love, trust me, these are at the top of the list !  Make sure you light up the little ones in your life with joy with any of these great gifts this holiday season.


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

Cute Custom Creations with the Sweetlings Sprinkle Shop

Do you have a little one that loves helping in the kitchen like my daughter does?  She’s always wanting to help out, especially with baking, and she was SO excited when we came across the Sweetlings Sprinkle Shop!

The Sweetlings Sprinkle Shop is from Alex Brands and is just as durable and fun as you’d expect any Alex Brands toy to be.  This super cute Sweetlings Sprinkle Shop comes with everything you need to Frost Your World and bring 3 adorable Sweetlings characters to life!  Use the whipped clay icing to frost 2 plastic cupcakes and a cone in the Sprinkle Shop workstation, which has perfect little compartments to hold all of your goodies that come with this set.  Frost the characters easily as they rotate on the base that you can control with the push of a button.  Grab your accessories from the easy storage to create a one-of-a-kind Sweetlings look on each and every character you create.  When you’re ready, add the final pizazz with the glitterizer!  Glitter will sparkle as your creation rotates on the stage for their special moment under the strobing lights that turn on when you push the rotate button. Create GEEKling, JAMMIN’ JASling and SUGAR POPling in every way your imagination can dream up.

The Sweetlings Sprinkle Shop includes:

  • Sprinkle Shop Workstation
  • 3 Large Whipped Clay Tubes (1.13oz/32g each)
  • 3 Frosting Tips with Caps
  • Small Whipped Clay Tube (0.94oz/2.66g)
  • Glitter (0.35oz/10g)
  • PVC Decorative Shapes
  • Decorative Stickers
  • Plastic Sprinkles (0.21oz/6g)
  • Ice Cream Cone Base
  • 2 Cupcake Bases
  • Plastic Accessories (Headphones, 2 cherries, Glasses, Tablet, Purse, Tweezers)
  • Instructions

Just keep in mind when using this toy that the whipped clay is NOT edible!  It may look like frosting, but it’s not really frosting and will likely cause lots of tummy upset if consumed.

Spoil all the little baking fanatics on your holiday shopping list with the Sweetlings Sprinkle Shop and watch them glitterize their world while creating new and fun things every single time!


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

Customize Your World With Pom Pom Wow

Do you have a little one that LOVES to customize their stuff and make it their own?  My daughter is always looking to customize and decorate anything she can, so when I found Pom Pom Wow I knew that I had to get my hands on an item or two from the Pom Pom Wow lineup.  Allowing your little one to customize their world has never been this easy or fun before!

There are a few different items available from Pom Pom Wow, and our friends over at Maya Toys were generous enough to send us some items to try out…how awesome is that?

The Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station was immediately a HUGE hit with my daughter.  Your little one can create custom pom poms with the Pom Pom Wo Decoration Station, where you can choose from the six different techniques to decorate your very own pom poms.  There are so many ways to create fun new designs on each and every pom pom!   You can tie dye, add glitter, water color, and more!  Once your little one’s creation is complete, simply stick, pull, and wow!  The customization possibilities are endless!  You can enjoy your beautiful pom poms on notebooks, cell phone covers, shoes, jewelry, or anything your heart desires!  My daughter thought it was the coolest of all to decorate her nail polish, one of her favorite things in the world!  The Pom Pom Wow Decoration Stations is portable and folds up for easy mess-free transportation.  The Pom Pom Wow Decoration Stations comes with:

  • 1 portable play set
  • 75 pom poms in 4 colors
  • 85 adhesive dots
  • 8 removable pom pom trays
  • 1 removable water tray
  • 1 Sticky Dot dispenser
  • 2 markers
  • 1 blotting cloth
  • 1 paintbrush
  • 1 pipette
  • 4 stamper pads
  • 4 watercolors
  • 1 glitter gel pen

Creating your own custom pom poms is only half of the fun!  Once your cool pom pom creations are done drying, you’re ready to decorate to your hearts content.  On the bottom of the pom poms you will see a black dot.  Put the black dot down on the center of the included adhesive dots, stick, pull, and wow!  You won’t believe your eyes how quickly you can transform just about anything your imagination can dream up.

This holiday season make sure you give the gift of creation to all the lucky little ones on your list with Pom Pom Wow!!


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

Fine-Tune Motor Skills While Having Fun With Painting Lulu

I am the type of mom that’s always on the hunt for tech-free toys in our ever growing technologically geared world, but sometimes combining tech features with traditional entertainment can be a whole new fun experience all together.  My daughter absolutely loves her crayon/marker/colored pencil/coloring book collection but the frustration is, sometimes she really loves certain pictures and wants to color them over and over again.  So, besides buy multiple copies of the same coloring book, what’s a mom to do?  Thanks to Painting Lulu there’s finally a genius solution that kids will love and moms will approve of everywhere.

Why is coloring important for young children?  The act of coloring can help to improve motor skills in young children and aid in the development of the muscles of the fingers, hands and wrist.  Painting Lulu is a fun and unique way to enhance the coloring/motor skill building experience for children everywhere.  Your child can easily scan the coloring pages using the free app, then continue to decorate and share drawings digitally.  These coloring pages are fun and easy way to help kids develop motor skills they’re already building,understand color concepts, improve eye-hand coordination and enhance picture comprehension…perfect for a little one starting kindergarten this year like my daughter.

The Painting Lulu app is truly different than any other coloring app out on the market.  Painting Lulu is the next generation of coloring apps with its revolutionary patent pending technology where you can scan colored pages and watch it magically appear in the app.  Coloring on coloring pages fosters practice and awareness of primary and common colors as well as more nuanced color awareness of lesser-known, more subtle colors.  The Painting Lulu app is a great way to introduce children to a wide variety of colors that little ones may not even be aware of yet.  Coloring regularly and completing projects boosts a child’s sense of accomplishment and pride in themselves, making the Painting Lulu app and accompanying books perfect for children who are ready to tackle projects, get them done, and have fun doing the page all over again in a completely new way.

Aside from just being able to scan and color pages, there are a couple other fun things that you can do in the Painting Lulu app as well:

  • The Photo Booth function allows your child to take a selfie with their favorite character and turn it into a coloring page, how fun is that?
  • My Coloring Book allows your child to transform their world, literally!  Now your little one can take a picture of anything they want whether it be mom, dad, a friend, a toy, or even a pet.  My Coloring Book will transform the captured image into simple outlines so you can color and share it with all of your family and friends.

Whether you’re shopping for the holiday season or just looking for a great way for your little ones to have fun, you can’t go wrong with Painting Lulu.  Painting Lulu currently has as selection of products that are great for little girls and boys alike, just in time to make a perfect stocking stuffer this Christmas!  A super huge thanks goes out to Painting Lulu for providing the Barbie, My Little Pony, and Batman packs for my daughter to enjoy.


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

Back To School Art Supplies Your Kids Will Love From Crayola


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.


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!


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


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***

Modern Fun For Modern Kids from Kid Made Modern


Sometimes inspiration and creativity is hard to come by for kids.  They want to express themselves and just don’t quite know how.  Thanks to the folks over at Kid Made Modern, you can inspire your kids to find and enjoy creativity everywhere they go!  No matter how your little one likes to express themselves, Kid Made Modern has great ways to help kids be self-expressive and resourceful.  With hundreds of products on the market you can help your little ones connect to their own inventiveness.


The Studio In A Box was a HUGE hit with my kiddos, no surprise there!  They love to color, paint, draw, and just plain express themselves.  The Studio In A Box comes with everything your little ones will need to stay busy for hours.  This awesome kit includes 16 colored pencils, 3 drawing pencils, 10 washable markers, 10 acrylic paints, 12 watercolor paints, 3 crayon disks, 1 wooden pencil sharpener, 1 eraser, 1 small round brush, 1 medium round brush, 1 large round brush, 1 flat brush, 1 fan brush, 4 canvas boards, 1 watercolor paper pad, and 1 mixed paper pad, all in one convenient carrying case with a handle.  Now your littles can sketch, paint, and draw to their hearts content with this well-stocked set.


How cool is it that your kids can design their own notebooks?!  The Woven Notebook Kit has everything you need to create a notebook that’s truly all your own.  Custom weave patterns on the front of a sturdy notebook using the 132 pieces of solid, glitter and foil strips of paper!  My daughter chose all glitter, of course!  The 70 sheet notebook has rainbow printed lines making writing and note taking a colorful treat!  A sticker-backed piece of felt is included to secure your design so it will last and last.


Last but not least we were also able to try out the Confetti Crayons and I have to say, these things are SO COOL!  Now your kids can have double the fun with this set of 12 double-pointed crayons!  Colors blend and mingle with six tonal color palettes in each Confetti Crayon, and each crayon is sharpened on both ends for maximum coloring potential.  Turn a regular playdate into a party with this colorful set!

No matter what you and your kiddos try out from Kid Made Modern, you really can’t go wrong!  Tons of fun with tons of options for endless creation and fun.


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


Cute Customized Jewelry And Nail Art With Cutie Stix



If you have a little girl that loves jewelry, nails, or just plain being creative…you’ve got to get Cutie Stix!  Cutie Stix is the most amazing thing that I had never heard of, but my daughter is so SO glad we found them.



The Cut & Create Station comes with everything your little one will need to get creating.  With the Cut & Create station,  your daughter will be able to customize her own jewelry, nail art, and fun figures as freely as they want.  It’s as simple as pick the design, cut it with the safe-for-little-hands cutter, and core out the center however you choose!  You and your child can make fashionable bracelets and necklaces with endless possibilities!

Cutie Stix Cut & Create Station Box Contents:

  • 1 Storage Station: upper & base levels
  • 1 Cutting Unit
  • 1 Stix Wand
  • 2 Cutting Frames
  • 1 Sheet of Adhesive Dots
  • 8 Jewelry Clasps
  • 24 Connectors
  • 1 Coring Unit
  • 1 Coring Wand
  • 2 Coring Containers
  • 1 Threader
  • 2 Threaded Spools
  • 24 STIX, 3 Sizes: 4 Mighties, 14 Cuties, 6 Teenies


Trust me on this one…you WILL need Cutie Stix Refill Packs!  It’s not that there’s a lack of product to create with in the Cut & Create Station, it’s how much your daughter is going to want to create with it.  At right around $6 per pack, you really can’t help but pick up one (or more) of each.  Each refill pack comes with an assortment of mightie, cutie, and teenie sized stix to refill your favorite set and continue the play!

Cutie Stix Refill Stix Package Contents:

  • 11 Unique Stix: 3 Teenies, 6 Cuties, and 2 Mighties
  • 4 Sets of Jewelry Clasps
  • 1 Threaded Spool
  • 12 Connectors
  • 1 Small Sheet of Adhesive Dots


The only thing I was concerned about was the safety of my daughter cutting the stix alone.  As you can see, the cutter is well enclosed and there’s really no way for little fingers to get injured, just good clean fun!


I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun my daughter has been having with her Cutie Stix Studio!  She has been creating up a storm and having a blast while doing it.  Back to school is just a couple short days away for my kids, and my daughter can’t wait to show up on her first day of kindergarten with her very own customized, self-created jewelry.

Whether you’re kiddos are still on summer break and bored out of their minds or headed back to school early,  you can’t go wrong with Cutie Stix.  It’s a great way to kill boredom and allow self expression while having fun…what could be better?


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

Stay Sharp This Back To School Season With Classroom Friendly Supplies



As I’m sure you all know, I spent some time homeschooling my kids and even doing an at-home preschool curriculum with my daughter.  One thing that was noticeably frustrating throughout our school experience was not only finding a well-working pencil sharpener, but one that was easy to use for my son who’s a lefty.  when I came across the pencil sharpener that Classroom Friendly Supplies makes I knew I just had to try it out.


I had high hopes when I got in my new pencil sharpener and I was eager to see if it would live up to expectation.  Man was I completely surprised!  The noise is almost non-existent when sharpening a pencil which is perfect whether you’re using it at home or in the classroom.  My kids get distracted by the smallest little noises so Back To School this year will be a great time to put this pencil sharpener into full use.  With less noise to distract the kiddos, I have a feeling homework time will be more productive and less frustrating (for me) than previous years.  The point on the pencils are perfect every time and the mount makes it easy to put in a position that’s perfect each time whether you’re left handed or right handed.

Here’s how it works:


The way that the pencil sharpener holds the pencil and guides it along during sharpening is one of the most genius things I think I’ve ever seen.  Where were these when I was a kid?!  I would’ve loved having these in my classroom as a kid, and I have to say I’m pretty excited about having one in my home as an adult!  The ease of use makes it perfect for all of my children, even my little one who’s just going into kindergarten.  She has fallen in love with how easy it is to sharpen pencils and has recently been using a lot of colored pencils to draw, and I have a hunch it’s just so she can sharpen them again, haha!

Whether you’re shopping for Back To School supplies for home or the classroom, you can’t go wrong with the Classroom Friendly Supplies pencil sharpener.


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