Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Magic Stix Washable Markers Review

The Pencil Grip, Inc.
Age: anyone that enjoys coloring! 
Price: $14.72

Magic Stix Washable Markers are awesome. They come in a 24 pack that is in its own cart case. These markers claim to not dry out even without the cap on for seven days. While we did not actually test this out we could tell that they are very moist marker which would allow them to stay wet longer. And we did get much use of them being out and lids being off of them for a while between switching colors. They are also nontoxic as well as noscent. Which is great because some markers have a strong scent that hurts my head after awhile.  The kids had a blast testing them out and drawing things. We did notice that you have to use a thicker type of drawing paper because the markers do believe through to the backside or to the page under it. Also it is a good idea to test some of the colors before putting them on your drawing because some look a little different than the color on the marker tube. The carring case was nice because it kept them all together. It was flat and compact so you could just put it on the bookshelf. I think these are great for any crafters especially ones that like organization. You can also order a 12 pack if you feel the 24 pack is to much.

The kids enjoyed coloring all kinds of things. My daughter enjoyed coloring in her mandala book. And when the little kids colored on them selves it was easily washed off. They also enjoy taking it on the go being able to carry it to the car. 

This is out of her mandala book and as you can see the colors are vibrant and bold. Even with the thick card stock paper they still bleed through. Which isn’t an issue for these pictures since they have nothing on the backside of them. We also just make sure to put more paper under anything we are coloring. 

My little ones made little puppets with the markers and popsicle sticks. They had made several but when I would go to get pictures they would hide them haha. 

If you or your children like to color with markers you should check these out! Be sure to check them out on social media outlets as well as what my fellow crew members had to say about it below. 

Also the wonderful people at The Pencil Grip, Inc are giving away a 24 pack of The Magic Stix Markers to one of my readers. Be sure to enter below for your chance to win. Prize will be sent directly from The Pencil Grip, Inc. 

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Starfall Education Foundation

$35 per year
Age: Pre-K through 2nd grade

About: We are always on the prowl for fun and educational learning games for my special needs son, that has ADHD and Dyslexia.  I was very thrilled for the opportunity to review The Starfall Home Membership from Starfall Education Foundation.

A membership is for a year and it is a family membership. Meaning anyone in your family can use it on their computers or tablets. This gives everyone access to games, riddles, songs, poetry, and a reading library.  This is great for those that like to be at a computer working or if your child needs some fun time practice you can download their easy to use app. Both ways are super kid friendly to navigate and to practice their Language Arts skills. 

I used this with my 9 year old. In my home we do not push and strive for reading at 5 years old like they do in public school. We thrive to make it fun and to learn when they are ready. However he was ready but his attention span and dyslexia has put a bump in the road of learning. He loves games and being on his tablet though so we downloaded the app to it for him to use. I get him to practice on it each day of the school week and he usually spends about 30 minutes on it. 

He really enjoyed the library that Would read out loud to him as it highlighted the sentence for him to follow along. I really liked this feature too so that he could actually focus on the right words as it was reading and it gave me time to work with the other kids while he was getting reading time in. 

Then there are fun games to practice spelling. You see the word and hear it then you can practice putting them in the right order. Repetition of things like this I have always found works well with kids. The membership also offers some math games too, which I don’t believe are included in the free version of Starfall. The math has all kinds of things like time, puzzles, weight, patterns and so much more. 

There is also a parent/teacher sections. This place allows you to find full curriculum units that teach the basics. You can also download additional help items like readers and charts. 

There is lots to do and works with you if your child is just starting to learn ABC’s for if they are starting to learn to read. They can get help with phonics or even colors. It’s a great starting point for any child homeschooled or not and a great tool to have through their first years in school to help learn and reinforce those very important skills. My son is working hard on his phonics and reading. He much prefers to get the joy of a game he can navigate himself then sitting down with a pen and paper trying to spell words. 

It has a great voice when reading or giving instructions unlike some programs we have come across. Sometimes voices are hard to understand or to robotic for the kids to focus on. This one we didn’t have any issues with and was a joy to work with. Since we have figured out all the fun things to do with it I am going to put it on my 4 year olds tablet and let him work with learning his letters. I think he will enjoy it as much as his brother. I also believe that if my readers give it a try they will love it too. 

Be sure to check them out on social media and check out what my fellow crew mates had to say about the program with their kiddos. You don’t have to just take my word on it!

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Saturday, February 10, 2018


Sometimes you find something that sends memories rushing back. My brother used to walk to the gas station when I was younger and buy my sister and I these drinks. They were so yummy. My brother could be one of the biggest boogers but he always found a way to be sweet to us too. It is nice finding a price of heaven every once and awhile. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

America’s Incredible Pizza

Where: Incredible Pizza
            2850 S Campbell Ave
            Springfield, MO

This place is seriously super fun. We went in and first thing we did was go straight to the buffet and enjoyed all of our favorite pizzas. There was many to choose from and all were fresh and kept stocked. The workers were are super friendly making sure we seen what we wanted as well. Buffet is really great with children because you never know what they want and this way they pick what they want and can get full. 

Next we entered over to the "Fair Grounds" where all of the games and  were. This place had  go karts!!! I did not know how that would work inside a building but wow, this big kid enjoyed it as much as my little kids did. They also have laser tag, mini golf, and bumper cars. This place is seriously awesome for all ages. There are over 100 arcade/carnival style games. There was no way we would have been able to try them all out during our time there. BUT do not let that bum you out because it means you can come back to this place and it will be just as fun as your first time. You will always have something new to experience when you go.

Parking is also free and plentiful. It is super easy to find and right off the main road. This is great for out of town people that may not know the area very well. It is easy in and out. Be sure to check them out next time you are in Springfield and try the buffet!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Tastes Like KFC

Made these wonderful beauties today!  Boy oh boy were they good.  Yes they do taste just like KFC in my opinion!


3 cups flour
2 tbsp. sugar
3 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. baking powder
1 1/3 cups milk
2/3 cup shortening


Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a mixing bowl and mix together well.
Make a well in the middle of your flour mixture.
Pour your milk into the well.
Dump in shortening to the flour mixture.
Blend well with a fork until all ingredients are incorporated.
Dump onto a floured surface.
Knead until smooth, only about 10 times.
Pat down to about 1/2 inch thick and cut out biscuits.
Place biscuits onto the baking sheet. Place them close together for softer biscuits and farther apart for a crispier texture.
Bake for about 10 to 14 minutes, or until tops are lightly brown.


Do you ever thank God when you walk into your kitchen and catch a glimps at that beautiful thing under the counter?  I have lived many places and years without a dishwasher, I now have one!  Now I just have to say that that overwhelming pile of dishes after dinner time no longer make me want to run and hide.  I fill the dishwasher and the sink is empty, in all of five minutes.  Well now here comes the part that makes me believe that my dishwasher is a super hero!  

When your young kids have that nasty cough and snotty nose, yet they are still all over their toy, you imagin how much germs are spread.  Well did you know that you can put those plastic toys in the dishwasher to sanatize them?  Just make sure you do air dry if your dishwasher has the option or stop it before the drying option.  

Next on the how cool list is your toothbrushes!  You can santize them in there as well by putting them in like a mesh bag and let them go.  You can also sanatize your combs and brushes this way too.

Lastly, the best option for cleaning your dishwasher is to pour vinager in the bottom when empty and run it through a cycle.  This helps get rid of lime build up as well as give it a boost in its sanitation.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Toughest Monster Truck Tour

The Toughest Monster Truck Tour brings only the best and baddest monster trucks in the nation to compete in 3 competitions each night. Only one can be the Toughest!

In addition you might see high flying Freestyle Motocross riders, a giant fire-breathing mechanical dinosaur, ATV/quad racing, tough trucks or a 2,000 hp jet powered ATV!

Tickets On Sale Now! Find more information and view the upcoming schedule by visiting

January 19th - January 20th, 2018 Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Santa Ana Star Center

February 2nd - February 3rd, 2018 Youngstown, Ohio
Covelli Center

February 10th, 2018 Casper, Wyoming
Casper Events Center

February 17th, 2018 Salina, Kansas
Bicentennial Center

March 9th - March 10th, 2018 Saginaw, Michigan 
Dow Event Center

March 23rd - March 24th, 2018 Lafayette, Louisiana

March 30th - March 31st, 2018 Stockton, California
Stockton Arena

March 30th - March 31st, 2018 Independence, Missouri
Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

April 13th - April 14th, 2018 Loveland, Colorado
Budweiser Events Center

April 21st, 2018 Grand Forks, North Dakota
Alerus Center