Reviews

4 Inch Playful Green Display Board Letters

Finding solid letters without a pattern in your local stores is almost impossible. The larger letters you do find are stencils or black and white and blocky. My daughter really wanted these bright/lime green playful letters by Trend Enterprises even though they were four inches. They are BIG. Four inches is a significant size. The package comes with both upper and lower case letters. Originally she was going to use all upper case but it just didn’t look right in the space she had so she used lower too. The letters look great and the color is great.

The only downsize is these letters didn’t like to be moved. Even though she measured, she had a spacing issue and needed to shift everything over about an 1 inch. These letters didn’t rip but they did bend. We didn’t replace the letters on her board because she needs them for another project but we have been trying to flatten out the ones she did move so it’s not so noticeable.

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2 Inch Turquoise Letters from Creative Teaching Press

I feel like every fall, we did deeper in our wallets for school supplies for special projects.  This year, Pep will have three display boards by January.  This year, she decided to stay with a similar color scheme for two of her projects so hopefully we will save a little bit of money on letters and cardstock.

This year, she was looking for the green/blue theme.  We checked all the local craft stores and no one had the color or size she was looking for.   For her subtitle for her Science Fair project, we couldn’t find any three inch stickers she liked.  So we started looking on Amazon.

My daughter was looking for a blue/green theme for her display board but we couldn’t find anything locally she liked. She wasn’t sure she was going to like these 2″ Ombre patterned Turquoise stickers letters from Creative Teaching Press or how they would look on a black background. They are actually very eye-catching. They were easy to put on, didn’t easily rip (though you can tear them if you aren’t careful), and they look good. A few days after she put them on, we noticed the “N” and the “W” were upside down and the “W” was actually a “M” – yaaay for patterns. Both stickers removed from the bored with no residue or removing of the board and were easily replaced. She really likes the way they look. They are capital letters and there are no punctuation marks.

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JKLcom JKLcom 1ML Small Mini Tall Clear Glass Bottles/Jars with Corks Stoppers

I have bought hundreds of small glass vials as we have used them for a variety of crafts and SWAPs for Girl Scouts. Normally I buy them off of ebay but I needed 100 of them in a hurry so I bought these 1ML ones here on Amazon. When they arrived – it comes with the corks, the eye screws and the vials. Putting the eye-screws in each cork is time consuming, but this is an added bonus and saved me from ordering eye-screws that might not be the right size.

I had a couple of issues. I bought two 100 packs and had at least five or six vials broken when they were unpacked. I was surprised they just came in an envelope loosly in a bag. The glass seems to be very thin. The corks did not securely fit in the vials. We had to shave a few. I wish I had packed glue with me, because i should have glued all the corks into the vials. Some of the corks were very short and we had a few eye-screws split the bottom of the corks.

Overall – the vials served their purpose for our craft project

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StickTackMag Magnetic Push Pins

 

I used to be a stickler for organization.  The fridge and pantry – color coded.  Closets were color coded, file folders and binders had color coded sticky tags to identify important documents and sections – and my calendar – was color coded to the max.   At one point even my to-do list was color coded.   That very organized momma has been replaced by the momma who has three calendars and still runs around like a headless chicken.  I have my trusty phone calendar which syncs with my tablet.  Then I have an expensive spiral calendar that sits in my bag with pretty stickers that I don’t use.  Then I have the dry erase board calendar in my bedroom which is supposed to give me a glimpse of my day but I  get tired of writing things repeatedly. Enter these cute PushPin magnets by StickTackMag.

When I originally saw these, I was planning on using them on my fridge to leave notes to my son to quit eating the snacks in his sister’s basket (they each have their own basket in the fridge).  However, when I opened these magnets, I totally changed my mind.

There are 35 magnets in a small bag.  They are surprisingly strong little magnets and come in Clear, Purple, Pink, Orange, Green, Blue, and Yellow). Strength wise – these two little magnets are holding up 7 sheets of paper in a sheet protector. Not bad at all.!

My dry erase board is a mess. I like bright bold colors and my dry erase markers just dry out too fast. So I erased a few area and using the 7 colors – I created categories across the top.  And now my dry erase board looks like colorful little chess pawns and I didn’t have to keep rewriting Thespians, Chorus, CAP, etc.   My dry erase markers keep drying up so I love this idea.  I need about 8 more colors though.  I still will need to write some info in as daddy dearest often deletes my calendar invites (and then wonders where we are).

I love these little magnets and I would love some more – In more colors too.

I received this product at a discount for my honest opinion.  My opinions are my own.

Get yours here

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=me%3DA2G4N7EHZASKL6&field-keywords=sticktackmag+push+pin+magnet+magnetic+push+pin+magnetacks+strong+magnets+for+fridge+magnetic+pin+holder+strong+push+pins

 

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Review: Ancord Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with FM

 

Let’s face it.  Our cell phones and laptops just dont pump out the sound we want when it comes to movies and music.  We like the idea of surround sound (ok so maybe it’s just me).  Santa brought my kids JBL Flip2s a few years ago and I will be totally honest, I loved that speaker.  My son totally destroyed his though within a year at too many basketball pick up games as the speaker filled with dust and grit.  So we have been searching for a bluetooth speaker that could handle the rough and tumble of an aspie athlete’s backpack.  We’ve gone through several and maybe the sound is ok but it wont survive Hunter.  Then I saw this Ancord Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with FM radio. This little speaker is awesome!!!  It’s a little rugged which I like.   After the speaker comes on with the infamous Bluetooth lady pairing voice, it paired in under 20 seconds.
We launched into an obnoxious mp3 and as my hubby played with the volume, I was tossing the speaker and dropping it.  When you advertise Waterproof, Drop proof, Dustproof and Shockproof, you just can’t resist.  Those terms are needed to be Hunter proof.  The speaker didn’t even glitch once during all of the testing.  The sound is amazing, it even kicks a little bass. I can crank it up halfway and hear it downstairs. I even tested it with the Green Lantern movie which has a notoriously low audio track and you could actually hear it without having to max out your speakers.  The switch to FM was a breeze and then switch to an SD card and switch back and it remembers my FM station.  My only complaint is I didn’t get it in orange!  I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest opinion.  I love this 🔊!!!! #ancord #Bluetooth #speaker #travelmust
Check it out on Amazon here

 

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Why Space Education is worth the donations!!!

Pep’s first experience at Space Camp/Aviation Challenge  was on a Leadership Scholarship from the US Space and Rocket Center Scholarship Foundation.  So worth every single step in the scholarship process and she is now a three time Space Camp alumni and will go back every year we can afford to send her.   Check out these stories on the impact a donation to Space Education has on our future innovators and leaders!!!

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ThinkFun Rover Control

My middle school daughter loves coding. She is already familiar with several coding applications and she is very interested in robotics. Along with most other activities, this involves extensive screen time. When I received the opportunity to review Rover Control by Think Fun, we were very interested. At first my daughter was a little disappointed because the Rover Game pieces didn’t move around the board upon completion. However, after the first or second puzzle, she quickly began to see the challenges that awaited her and she started skipping ahead to see if she could solve the harder ones. The Rover Control has terrain boards for Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert. As the levels advance, the challenges not only include getting from Start to Finish using the red-green-blue patterns but also including have to stop at charging stations, data upload stops and even the need to collect terrain samples.

The puzzles are definitely challenging and can even work in a group setting as mom, dad and teenager were sitting together figuring the best way to solve a higher intermediate puzzle. This puzzle game can be played in small segments of time or you could spend hours going through the challenges. There is also a solution book to check your decisions or if you are totally stumped (yes I peeked once because I was clueless). This is a definite thumbs up for Game Night, as a solo game, from clubs and scouting, Hour of Code – it is awesome. ThinkFun currently has three games in this series – Rover Control is number two.  I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion.
You can also check Pep’s video review out too:

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Simpizia 240 Piece Molecular Organic Chemistry Set

You can never have enough cool science toys!  My sister picked up this Molecular Organic Chemistry Set a few months ago, and Pep was in love.  She totally is a geek-out admitted Science nerd and it would definitely give her a heads up in starting to learn all of those crazy chemistry compounds.

Simpizia’s Molecular Organic Chemistry Set has 240 pieces and comes in a little gray box with a label stating what atoms are included.  The box does not latch and the lid does not sit level with all the pieces, but this small flaw can be overlooked for the amount of fun she was having.

In addition to the 86 atoms, there are around 60 single bond links and 25 double bond links that easily bend.  There are also 8 or so short double bond links and around 60 short single bond links. .  The atoms include 2 boron, 2 bromine, 4 sulfate, 2 iodine, 4 nitrogen, 15 carbon, 30 hydrogen and 10 oxygen.  My daughter really enjoyed the link remover as the compounds created stay together until you use the link remover to take them apart.

Check out her YouTube Simpizia Molecular Organic Chemistry Set Review . 

This purchase is definitely a hit and a must for your future scientist!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06W5JQ5XK

“I got this product for free/at a discount in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own.”


 

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ProCabello Hair Straightening Brush

When I was Pep’s age my hair was straight as a board.  I would spend money on stinky perms to get waves and curls.  Pep’s hair has this funky wave that she and I both complain about (sometimes me more than her).   We have a decent flat iron but it literally takes over an hour to decently flat iron her hair because it is so thick.

Pep has been asking for one of these newer ceramic hair straightening brushes and we’ve seen quite a few of them in the mall but they are just too expensive.  I found this ProCabello Hair Straightening Brush on Amazon a few weeks ago and through a discount was able to purchase it.

The hair brush came nicely packaged and in comes in several colors.  I picked purple because there was no camo color (seriously she would want it in Camo).

The brush has a swiveling 360° degree cord and heats up to 450° Fahrenheit.  The big sell was the increasing shine, less frizz and a noticeable difference in 5 weeks.   Well they haven’t met Pep’s hair so we would just have to see.

 

This was Pep’s hair before we started with the brush.

 

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Day 1- Before

 

Pep and I both took turns brushing her hair in sections.   She liked how the brush didn’t burn, though her hair did get hot.   We originally started on a lower heat setting in the 200s but it wasn’t making much of a dent in the wavy hair so we upped the temperature.  The buttons are on the side of the brush and she I both were constantly changing the heat setting which was really my only complaint. She did enjoy the massage effect of the brush as well.  After about 30 minutes this is where we ended up.

 

Not all of the wave is out but it’s much better and it’s in half the amount of time we use with a flat iron.

On Day 2 and 3 she used the brush for no more than 15 minutes.  We are in the middle of Hurricane Irma preparations and beautiful hair is not at the top of the priority list.

Today she decided to use the brush again on her own and gave her self 15 minutes to see what she could do with it.   She again was brushing it in sections.

 

 

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Day 4 – in 15 Minutes!!!  WOW!!! 

Her hair feels soft, looks much healthier and while there is still a little wave left, it is much straighter than normal in a quarter of the time.   She is very happy with the ProCabello Hair Straightening Brush 

 

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Simpizia 17 Piece Leather Sewing Tool Kit

When I was little, my dad used to make all sorts of leather working projects.  We had handmade wallets, key wallet, key rings, quivers, change purses, purses, belts with our names embossed) and beautiful, beautiful patterns. You name it, my dad could make it.

It seems over time though, leather working has become a lost art.  I was looking for a simple starter kit that I would add to over time as I basically would be starting all over.

The Leather Sewing Tool Kit by Simpizia is a 17 piece kit that covers all of your starter needs.  All of the craft tools have wooden or steel handles making them incredibly sturdy.  There are two spacer tools, an adjustable stitching groover, burnishing, scratch and sewing awls, and a jerk needle.  The set also comes with beeswax for your thread, leather needles, scissors, finger cots, a thimble, a grinding polish tool, hairballs, and three colors of thread.  All the items can be stored in the small black storage bag.

The finger cots fit my fingers great but are a little small for my husband’s large hands. They fit my teenage daughter comfortably.    I highly recommend using the finger cots and thimble because the tools are very sharp (as they need to be).   Just messing around with the scratching awl, I easily traced a pattern into a small piece of leather just as a test.  My daughter also started tracing a pattern that she will later make into some type of pouch or holder. The tools are easy for her to use.

We need to add a few stamping pieces to this set, but so far we are enjoying our journey back into leather-working.  This 17 piece kit can be found on Amazon.

I received this product at a discount for review. My opinions are my own based on product testing.