Saturday, September 13

Djeco Glitter Art: Our Fave Art Kits

After using both the Djeco Nathalies Oil Pastel Workshop and Claire's Oil Pastel Workshop, my kiddos were so excited to try another.    This time we went for the Djeco Glitter AnimalsWe'd been studying India and the Far East so this went along perfectly.  This kit is recommended for children from 6 to 12.  My 3rd graders really enjoyed it and were able to do everything themselves.  The kit included 4 different animals on durable cardboard.  What's really cool is that no glue is involved.  You pull off paper to reveal stickiness underneath, pour on the color of glitter you want, dump off the extra, and repeat until you have a beautiful piece of glittery Eastern-style art. It provided my daughters with an hour of art.  If this set is only meant for one child, it would provide hours of art class.



The Djeco Glitter Art kit we reviewed sells for 19.99 on Timberdoodle.  Plus, you earn 20 doodle dollars with the purchase, which equals $1.00 off a future purchase. The Doodle Dollars incentive is pretty awesome, and makes everything you buy at Timberdoodle more affordable.

This year, we're using Djeco as our main art curriculum.  Djeco won Best Art Supplies of the Year and after using three of their kits so far, I recommend them over any other children's art set.  I especially love Djeco because they offer a wide variety of different mediums for different ages.  Each kit includes everything you need.  They're perfect for children who are naturally artistic and children who may not be or haven't had the chance to find out.  The Djeco kits offer a wonderful opportunity for homeschooling parents who aren't artistic to give their children a great art experience.  Each kit comes with a detailed, illustrated book that kids can use to learn the techniques quickly and easily with little to no help from mom.

The next Djeco art kit we'll be ordering from Timberdoodle is the Abstract Art Workshop.  I'm so excited to teach my children about another aspect of art appreciation!  They learn so much more by actually doing the art they're learning about.

As a member of Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team I received Reward Points in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.


Friday, September 12

Success Creations' Gorgeous Masks: A Halloween Costume #Giveaway

I absolutely love dressing up.  Any excuse, I'm in costume... whether it's for a play, a costume party (2 of which I have coming up next month--woohoo!), or for Halloween, I absolutely seize any opportunity to do so.  When I came across Success Creations' beautiful masks, I knew they would be perfect.  I chose the Impressions Mask in black and the Flourish in blue and black.  They're very high-quality masks which tie in the back for a perfect fit, though you can also get these types of gorgeous masks masquerade style on a stick you hold up to your face.  I can't decide which one I like best, but I do believe it may be the one with the large black feather.   They are both so gorgeous, and I had such fun taking the pics and finding just the right filters for them!

Each mask is carefully decorated by hand using only the finest materials available, and checked for quality to ensure that their customers receive a mask that they will love and be excited to show off at their party or ball!

One of my readers will receive a $50 gift card to spend at Success Creations!  Enter below by September 19th at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.

What will you buy if you win?

Special thanks to the wonderful people at Success Creations for this review and giveaway opportunity!

Thursday, September 11

Gorgeous New Tops from OASAP and Amazing Prices!

Every single time I receive an item from OASAP, I'm in love all over again!  Their clothing line always fits me perfectly (I'm a medium) and they have so many things in my style... in anyone's style!  They add new items all the time and I have such a blast updating my OASAP wish list.  Makes it so easy to order and to narrow down my little heart's desire... and to get a good deal! 

Lately, I've added some of their new tops to my closet.  I'm always looking for something to go with my leggings (I'd wear leggings every single day if I could pull it off!--they are so comfortable and cute!)  This blue top is chiffon and comfortable.  It also looks super cute with jeans.  I wear it both to church and out hiking--totally adaptable to anything!  I really like the irregular cut and the way it's longer in the back.  It costs  $9 with the coupon (below).  

I also went for this pretty lace kimono.  I put it on and instantly my daughter said, "Mama, why do you look so pretty!?"  I replied with "Why do you look so pretty?"  I was being silly because I knew that what she was really wondering was why mama looked so pretty around the house for no reason, doing dishes, vacuuming... etc. etc.  But it's nice to look pretty, isn't it, even if you're just stuck at home?   These tops are an easy way to do that.  Love them! 

Last but not least, I purchased this elegant white peplum top (shown at left) with a wrap that drapes either in front of or over your shoulder.  It's made of polyester and I'm wearing a US6 in the pic.  It is so pretty and it's only $10 with the coupon!  It can be worn with nice jeans or dress pants. 

Use the coupon code Q5IDAPYU for 18% off your order until October 12th!
What would you like to buy from OASAP? 
If you go shopping there, come back and let us all know what you bought!

Special thanks to the wonderful people at OASAP for this review opportunity!

Friday, September 5

The Identical Movie Soundtrack #Giveaway... 50's Rock 'N Roll!

My little 50's rockers!

My friends and I had the opportunity to attend the movie screening for The Identical and it was so good!  Definitely a family-friendly movie (it's got a PG rating) and it's got a great soundtrack filled with oldies--most of which reminds you of Elvis.  It's all 50s, which I love!  The movie takes place during that era and the main character does remind one a lot of The King.  It's a very heart-warming story.  I laughed, I cried, I truly enjoyed it.  It features the lovely Ashley Judd and the charming Seth Green.  And it's out today!  So if you need a movie to see this weekend or next, this one is a good one!  Perfect for date night with the hubby.

About the Movie
In 1936, William and Helen Hemsley welcome identical twin boys into the world. But their joy is quickly tempered by a sobering realization; how could they give these children any kind of a life beyond the desperate poverty that haunted many families in the midst of the Great Depression? When evangelist Reece Wade reveals that he and his wife Louise cannot have children, William feels the Lord's prompting to give them one of the infant boys. Both brothers are born with passion, drive and awesome musical talent, but take very separate, yet converging paths. Drexel Hemsley rises like a comet and changes the music world forever. His adopted brother, Ryan Wade struggles to find the purpose for his life. All the way into manhood he wrestles with pleasing Reverend Wade, his loving but controlling father, who is convinced his son Ryan is called into the ministry. Ryan is encouraged by his loving and supportive wife Jenny and lifelong friends Dino and Avi to follow his musical dreams. And oh, can he sing, just like his world famous twin! "The Identical" is a captivating journey spanning five decades from the 1930's through the 1970's. This story is about the restoration and the reconciliation of a family broken apart by culture, creed and tradition. Movie-going audiences will be drawn to this timeless tale of love, hope, and redemption that speaks to all generations.


One of my readers will win The Identical Soundtrack CD.  Enter below by Friday September 12th at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning via 
"Disclosure (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 the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Wednesday, September 3

Birthday Party Season! #ConstructionCake

It's birthday party season for us!  It seems all of our children and our best friends kiddos were born in the months surrounding September.  Recently, we headed to the bowling alley to celebrate my little guy.  His Construction Cake was a huge success, and he had so much fun on his special day!  For the cake, I used a Bundt pan to make a 2-layer chocolate cake, used crushed graham crackers as rocks, and let the Matchbox cars dig up half the cake.  So fun and so easy.... and so hard to mess up!  ;)


Monday, September 1

Best Vacay Ever... so far! #BellingrathGardens

Once upon a time in a land far, far away from here... truly, our vacation came as close to a fairy tale as you could get in real life!  Not so long ago, my hubby, our four children, and I had the opportunity to tour the Gulf Coast.  A wonderful job opportunity, a generous amount of time off, and excitement for learning about new places all wove together to create an amazing vacation that lasted for weeks.  Visiting Alabama, we discovered why its nickname is "The Beautiful State."  We toured Bellingrath Gardens, 65 acres of beauty that totally captivated us!


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